Saudi Arabia Praises Suleiman's Recent Stances

President Michel Suleiman received a phone call from a prominent Saudi figure, thanking him on his statements that support Saudi Arabia, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Friday.

Baabda Palace sources told the newspaper that Suleiman's “stance wasn't to take sides with any axis in the region but to defend Lebanon's interest.”

“Saudi Arabia supports Lebanon on many levels,” the sources said,

On Wednesday, the President slammed the criticism directed against Saudi Arabia by some officials in Lebanon, rejecting meddling in the affairs of other countries, hinting at statements by Hizbullah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in an interview aired on OTV of being behind the deadly bombings that targeted the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut, lashing out at the role played by Saudi Arabia in Lebanon.

Al-Joumhouria also reported on Friday that Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri, who departed Lebanon at the end of November, will remain in Riyadh until further notice and will not return to Lebanon anytime soon.

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