Asiri Holds Dinner Banquet for PMs, Calls for Unity among Lebanese

Saudi King Abdullah expressed hope that Lebanon would witness stability and prosperity, calling on the Lebanese to preserve their country and maintain coexistence in it.

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri conveyed the King's message in a dinner banquet held at his residence in Yarze on Friday eve for current and former premiers.

“The meeting was an occasion to remember the efforts undertaken by Saudi Arabia to fortify ties with a free and independent Lebanon,” the statement stated.

The statement pointed out that the “Sunnis are a key component of the country.”

“We are confident that the unity of the Lebanese will help them surpass all the difficulties,” it said.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, PM-designate Tammam Salam and former premiers Salim al-Hoss, Omar Karami and Fouad al-Saniora attended the banquet.

However, ex-PMs Rashid al-Solh, who is ill, and ex-PM Saad Hariri, who is abroad, didn't attend.

Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami was also present.

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