UAE Decides to Deport 70 Lebanese, Foreign Ministry Stresses They were 'Abiding by Emirati Laws'

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The United Arab Emirates will expel 70 Lebanese nationals, mostly Shiites, within the next 24 hours, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said Friday.

"The ministry of foreign affairs was informed by the Lebanese embassy in the Emirates that 70 Lebanese will be deported by the authorities in the next 24 hours," Bassil told Agence France Presse.

He was unable to give a reason for the expulsions.

For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement Friday that Bassil had on Thursday informed Prime Minister Tammam Salam and the cabinet during its session of the development.

He then held a series of contacts over the issue, which involved a phone call with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the ministry added.

It underlined in its statement that it has recently sought to “return the Lebanese-UAE ties to their best form.”

“This was reflected in reappointing an Emirati ambassador to Lebanon and in launching a discussion over all consular, diplomatic and political disputes,” the Lebanese ministry added.

It also explained that “the Lebanese living in the UAE are fully integrated in the Emirati society and they abide by the Emirati laws,” describing them as “an element of welfare and prosperity for this dear country.”

Sixty-three of those to be deported are Shiites, according to a senior Lebanese official who did not want to be named.

The news first erupted when LBCI said on Thursday that the UAE authorities had given the Lebanese nationals 24 hours to leave the country.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said their number is much higher.

Around 130 families that live in Abu Dhabi, Ajman and Sharjah were told to leave, it added.

An official in the UAE, which hosts more than 100,000 Lebanese workers, declined to comment.

Hassan Alayan, who was told to leave the UAE in 2009 and who now heads a committee representing expelled Lebanese, said he is following up the issue with Lebanese officials.

“Such deportation decisions had been frozen in the past years despite some secret expulsions,” he said.

The expelled Lebanese claim that some Gulf states are deliberately targeting Shiites to put pressure on the “economic nerve” of the communities that support Hizbullah.

In 2009, dozens of Lebanese Shiites who had lived in the UAE for years were expelled on suspicion of links with Hizbullah.

In 2013, Qatar deported 18 Lebanese nationals after the Gulf Cooperation Council decided to impose sanctions against Hizbullah for its military intervention in war-torn Syria to support President Bashar Assad.

The UAE was criticized by Sunni Islamists for not including Hizbullah on a list of 83 "terrorist" organizations it published in November.


Comments 39
Thumb EagleDawn 13 March 2015, 10:13

The terrorists and their supporters curse the Gulf countries on a daily basis yet they expect to make a living in the Gulf countries that they so love to destroy.

Thumb ex-fpm 13 March 2015, 11:27


Thumb -phoenix1 13 March 2015, 12:30

FT, I cannot refuse what you said, that the Lebanese have built the UAE, very true, and until now, the Lebanese are still major players for the running of the UAE, Qatar, Bahrein, the KSA and Kuwait to name a few. But ironically and forgive my bluntness, whilst we build the nations of others, back here at home we are destroying our country so much so that nowadays quite possibly the most important cash asset our economy has is in the form of repatriation of our capital gains from overseas. However even that seems to be at risk, as Hezbollah doesn't seem to be satisfied with messing up Lebanon, but also putting in jeopardy that most crucial of incomes from the Diaspora. Now these 70+ Lebanese that are being deported, who will sustain them? I can assure you, the moment they'll land at Beirut airport they'll be blaming the Lebanese State in the usual form, "weynil dawleh". Just my drift mate.

Thumb marcus 13 March 2015, 13:59

60 shiites or so deported hardly shows government intention to deport shiites from the UAE. There are thousands of shiites working in the UAE and the Gulf countries. There had to be a genuine reason to justify deporting those specifically.

Default-user-icon Phil (Guest) 13 March 2015, 16:36

FT, you can rant all you want and pollute this forum with ur endless, useless comments. but one thing is for sure: those 70 hizbullah supporters will still be deported from the UAE. there is nothing u can do about it.

Missing 13 March 2015, 18:12

The reality is that UAE has an authoritarian government - the type that FT has indicated many times he favor. The populace, especially the weakest part, are at the whims of the government.

Having had their economy destroyed by militias - the latest of which we are are all aware of - Lebanese have no choice but to immigrate to make a living and send in remittance to their families. In life actions, have consequences and Lebanese and their politicians seems to not to realize this or simply not care. If you hurt the interest of a country, that country will hurt yours. Iran creates militias and undermine governments, the UAE will tell your citizen to leave!

These people who are expelled may well be innocent and do not deserve to a fate of returning to a country like Lebanon with little prospects. If they did voice such support or have materially supported the Hizb, then UAE actions are understandable(no matter how authoritarian their methods are).

Missing 13 March 2015, 18:13

FT - do not exaggerate the important contribution of Lebanese. There were many others who contributed to building the Gulf. As you see, they do not need us. We need them.

Thumb ex-fpm 13 March 2015, 11:26

A step that is very welcomed and more needs to be done to stifle Hezbollah funding sources and its supporters.

Thumb justin 13 March 2015, 12:07

Why don't the so called "patriotic" Lebanese go make a living in Iran, @southern? After all, they share the same religion, same Jihadi views, and same hatred.

Missing loudnclear 13 March 2015, 12:27

I lived in the UAE for 8 years, no problems what so ever if one is not involved in politics.
For the people who are suspected of supporting unwanted activities, they are first warned then watched closely , if they repeat the offence, then they are deported.
It is a country governed by the rule of law, with very hospitable locals and an excellent ruling system...
Simple rule, don't break the law, you wont be deported.. respect the regulations of the country where you make your living..

Missing peace 13 March 2015, 15:13

lebanese chiites that i know still enjoying UAE and never ever once threatened ...

Missing peace 13 March 2015, 15:55

sure FT ... you have no chiite friends outside hezbi ones... you cannot understand...

Missing helicopter 14 March 2015, 02:53

Only if the different political opinion is armed to the teeth and pursuing destabilizing as many Sunni nations to further the goal of Welayat Elfaqih with the Kahmeinni at the helm. Iza ma metet ma shift meen met? Smart move by the UAE (Patriotoc USE step). I wish Lebanon would do the same for all the traitors on its soil.

Thumb -phoenix1 13 March 2015, 12:42

@loudnclear, you've made a great analysis and contribution to this thread. I've been to the UAE and other Gulf states, what you said is perfectly true. My personal experience buttresses everything you said here, to focus on the UAE, correct, they are very hospitable people, in fact, in the UAE one feels released from the stress we Lebanese encounter here. They have laws and one just needs to respect and observe the law and one can live and work in the UAE as happily as one wishes. It's a pity what is happening to both us Lebanese and our country Lebanon, like Bachir Gemayel used to say, we are but a collection of farms and farmers competing against each other.

Thumb -phoenix1 13 March 2015, 12:51

Just in, "Bassil Confirms Deportation of Lebanese from UAE".

Default-user-icon + oua nabka +_ (Guest) 13 March 2015, 13:04

just hurry to exploit our oil and gaz so Lebanese work and stay in Lebanon
I a state of law like the usa or france or england if someone did something against the law they put him in jail they do not deport the person
and now we know why politicians close to the gulf countries they pt the oil and gaz file on a shelf
god bless emocracy

Missing helicopter 14 March 2015, 02:56

Our Mafia leaders will love to exploit our oi;l and gaz just like they have and still are exploiting all our resources (electricity, ports, and so on).

Default-user-icon go (Guest) 13 March 2015, 13:25

Pick a fight, pay the consequences. Fida el sayyed wahahahaha!!

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 March 2015, 14:08

Backward Shiites still being expelled from everywhere.

where is Hassan Nasrallah & Naiim Qassem? oh yeh living in a the sewers under Dahieh whist Hassan places the highest emphasis on sending more Shiites to their death in foreign lands because the Ayatollah said so.

But the backward Shiites will die for them.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 March 2015, 14:42

Good one, very witty flamethrower, especially how you compare Hassan Nasrallah and the Ayatollah to Jesus. I guess for you lot nothing is sacred unless it's blessed by the Iranian supreme leader.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 March 2015, 15:14

Sure southern of course I am, a wahabi, takfiri, zionist, imperialist.. hey just pick a buzz word from the drop down menu you imbeciles use them so much they've lost their meaning. Still like the well trained ape that you are you cut and past the same tired idiotic attacks whenever you have nothing useful to say, which is 90% of the time. Now go smash your head against a wall, call it Ashura practice.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 March 2015, 15:26

flamethrower, I wasn't the one who shoved Jesus and the Christian martyrs into this you idiot, you did. If you cannot understand what you are posting tell whoever is giving that crap to explain it to you before you do. By the way the more accurate comparison would be comparing Muslim Jihadis to Muslim Jihadis, they give the same arguments for what they are dying for. Also, I think the yawning is a sign of lack of sleep. You need to get some sleep man.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 March 2015, 15:53

Yep southern and harming walls is somehow sectarian, good boy! FYI my initial comment was a paraphrasing of something your buddy the_roar wrote yesterday. But his target was not the hallowed saintly followers of the Ayatollah but a different group so that was OK.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 March 2015, 16:00

flamethrower, Christian Martyrs died for Jesus, some Shiaa lose their jobs because they support Hezbollah and Iran, same thing I guess. If you insist into digging yourself deeper and deeper into that hole get a tractor it's go faster.

Thumb marcus 14 March 2015, 12:57

according to flamethrower hezbollah and shiism is one and the

Missing peace 13 March 2015, 14:31

the price to pay when you support terrorist hezbollah... i know chiites that are not supporting hezbollah in dubai... never were they threatened to pack....
it says it all....

Missing peace 13 March 2015, 15:10

why don't they deport chiites that are not propagating hezbi lies if it was just a matter of sectarianism?

that says it all.....

Missing peace 13 March 2015, 15:51

the thing is Bigjohn: when you go and work in a foreign country just have a low profile and abide by the host country's laws.... which i guess hezbi lovers forget....

Default-user-icon what? (Guest) 13 March 2015, 15:07

UAE King, what king they don't have a king bigQAWMIjohn.

Missing peace 13 March 2015, 15:54

well i guess it is not just limited to the Gulf countries but also to the countries M8 support... LOL
as long as there is a dictature, one cannot voice his opinion... but M8ers only focus on the Gulf countries and are blind to Iran or syria which do the very same thing but nevertheless criticize the gulf countries and praise other dictators! go figure their logic! ... LOL !

Thumb galaxy 13 March 2015, 16:23

they did not kill them like hizbollah does. They are still alive and can make a good living in iran.

Default-user-icon al amine (Guest) 13 March 2015, 17:33

Like any other country UAE has the right to extend or shorten the work permits to any of their foreign workers it's not about fairness as working there is not a right, tough if you don't like it go work elsewhere.

Thumb shab 13 March 2015, 23:07

Excellent news. More please

Missing helicopter 14 March 2015, 03:02

Let us suppose it is true, how about Iran? Are you satisfied with how the Iranian wealth is being accumulated by the Kahmeini and his loyalists? How about Syria's assad? Were the Syrians wealthy during their 50 year reign? Give me who your idol State/Ruler is so I can address that and compare.

Thumb Elemental 14 March 2015, 03:22

I like how even now HA brings Christians in...using them yet again...UAE did the right thing, nobody is above the law ;).

Thumb cash.puppet 14 March 2015, 03:59

huh? what law did they break? Being shiite? oh right..

Thumb Elemental 14 March 2015, 04:35

Supporting a terrorist entity like HA you brilliant human being, don't go playing the "religion card."

Thumb liberty 14 March 2015, 05:44

Yes, because they are shiites and they deserve it.

Thumb cash.puppet 14 March 2015, 03:59

Anyone who doesnt think this is punishment for not falling in line with the one world government stooges needs his head checked.