x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Lebanon is safe, president tells UAE

Michel Suleiman reassures GCC states that it is safe to travel to his country, which counts on large numbers of GCC tourists during the summer months.

BEIRUT // The Lebanese president was in the UAE yesterday for talks with government officials.

Discussions are believed to have included the recent warnings from Gulf countries against travelling to Lebanon.

Michel Suleiman met Sheikh Khalifa, the President, to discuss matters of mutual interest, according to Wam, the state news agency.

In an interview published yesterday in Lebanon's Al Safir newspaper, Mr Suleiman said that during his visit he intended to raise the UAE's travel warning last month advising its citizens not to travel to Lebanon.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also urged Emiratis in Lebanon to leave the country.

Mr Suleiman said he would reassure GCC states that it was safe to travel to his country, which counts on large numbers of GCC tourists during the summer months.

The UAE's advisory was issued last month during a period of heightened tension in Lebanon, including deadly clashes linked to the conflict in Syria.

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