x

Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 February 2019

Saudi Arabia lifts travel warning for Lebanon

The move came just two weeks after the country formed a new government

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) meets with the Saudi King's envoy Nizar Bin Suleiman Al Aloula (L) at the Government Palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 13 February 2019. EPA
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) meets with the Saudi King's envoy Nizar Bin Suleiman Al Aloula (L) at the Government Palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 13 February 2019. EPA

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon says the kingdom has lifted a 15-month warning that had advised its citizens not to travel to Beirut.

Walid Bukhari made the statement in Beirut on Wednesday following a meeting between Saudi royal court envoy Nizar Al Aloula and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

In November 2017, Saudi Arabia advised its citizens not to visit Lebanon and those already in the country to leave. The warning came days after Mr Hariri announced his resignation in a televised address from Saudi Arabia before he later withdrew it.

The lifting of the Saudi warning comes two weeks after a new Cabinet was formed in Lebanon.

Tension has been high for years between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon's powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah group that the kingdom lists as a terrorist organisation.

Updated: February 13, 2019 08:08 PM

SHARE

SHARE