Kuwaiti Speaker Assures Aoun ‘No Travel Ban to Lebanon’, Later Meets Berri


Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim affirmed on Friday during talks with President Michel Aoun there is no travel advisory against Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

“There is no travel ban on Kuwaiti nationals to visit Lebanon,” said Ghanim during talks with Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda.

In November, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab States, and Bahrain issued advisories against travel to Lebanon amid a Lebanese-Saudi crisis sparked by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's controversial resignation from Riyadh which he has since rescinded.

Several Lebanon travel warnings have been issued by the Gulf states in recent years amid political tensions and security fears.

But in May, Hariri announced that Gulf states may soon lift the travel bans they had imposed on Lebanon in recent years.

For his part, Aoun hailed Kuwait’s role and said “Emir of Kuwait's interest in Lebanon reflects in the permanent support in Arab, regional and international forums.”

On the crisis of refugees, he said “the Lebanese always wonder about the international community’s lack of response regarding the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas in Syria.”

Later during the day, Speaker Nabih Berri received Ghanim in Ain el-Tineh. Discussions have reportedly touched on the general developments.

For his part, Ghanim stressed his country’s continued support for Lebanon “we will never let Lebanon stand alone. Kuwaiti nationals will never forget Lebanon’s honorable stance during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.”

Comments 9
Thumb s.o.s 13 July 2018, 13:57

Does anyone know where the Aoun family name comes from? obviously not near eastern, there's hundreds of thousands of people with that surname in Algeria and Tunisia.

Missing servant-of-jesus 13 July 2018, 14:33

that would still be of near eastern origin because of Phoenician colonies.

Thumb s.o.s 13 July 2018, 14:58

Not necessarily, they could have arrived with the Arab conquest.

Thumb roflmfao 13 July 2018, 15:59

Aoun is an Arabic word so it would be prevalent as a surname all over the Arab speaking word like the surname Haddad. As for this Aoun's origin, he could be from anywhere. Even some dwarf planet somewhere, we are not alone!

Thumb s.o.s 13 July 2018, 17:25

I’m sure they originate from a specific location, like these Banu Amila tribesmen.

Thumb roflmfao 13 July 2018, 17:43

or maybe "بني الهريبه ثلثين المراجله"

Thumb s.o.s 13 July 2018, 18:52

Forget not one of them is known as the imam!

Thumb roflmfao 13 July 2018, 15:51

No travel ban to Lebanon, maybe. But no one's crazy enough to come over before a government is formed and la 3youn Jebran this is not going to happen anytime soon. Funny I am still hearing politicians and economic taking head speak of "a promising summer season".. SUMMER IS MORE THAN HALFWAY OVER YOU FOOLS!

Thumb whyaskwhy 13 July 2018, 23:27

Clown is officially from Lilliput. Although his birth certificate says born in Blefuscu he really is a Lilliputian.