Saudi national missing in Lebanon; embassy in touch with authorities

Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Waleed Bukhari, Charge d' Affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon, at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, on Friday, November 10, 2017. The Embassy is in touch with Lebanese security authorities to determine the whereabouts of a missing Saudi citizen. (Dalati Nohra/Handout via Reuters)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Saudi national missing in Lebanon; embassy in touch with authorities

JEDDAH: The Saudi Embassy in Lebanon is in touch with the Lebanese security authorities to determine the whereabouts of a missing Saudi citizen.

In a statement issued on Friday via the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the embassy said it "is in contact with the Lebanese security authorities at the highest levels in order to release unconditionally the kidnapped Saudi citizen as soon as possible."

The Associated Press quoted Lebanese police officials as saying that search operations are ongoing to find him.

The officials say that Syrian citizen, Ivine Hassan, informed police that her Saudi husband, Ali Shamrawi, had been missing since Thursday night, adding that he went missing north of Beirut. The Saudi man lives in Lebanon.

It was not immediately clear if the kidnapping was related to rising tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia because of last week's resignation of Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri.

Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk was quoted as saying by local media outlets on Friday that the safety of all foreigners was a priority for authorities, adding that the stability of Lebanon was a "red line."

Some local TV stations said Shamrawi's family had received a call from unknown persons demanding a ransom of $1 million in exchange for Shamrawi's release.


Sarajevo eager to see stronger ties with Riyadh, Bosnian House speaker tells Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman meets students at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Sarajevo. (SPA)
Updated 19 July 2018
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Sarajevo eager to see stronger ties with Riyadh, Bosnian House speaker tells Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman met Speaker Safet Softic in Sarajevo on Thursday to discuss further co-operation between their countries

The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Prince Sultan bin Salman, met the speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo to discuss further co-operation between the nations.

The meeting came on the sidelines of Prince Sultan’s official visit to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia’s speaker of the House of Peoples, Safet Softic, said: “The visit of a senior Saudi official to Bosnia is a sign that communication between the two countries is constantly growing and improving.”

Softic was eager to see economic relations between Bosnia and the Kingdom become as strong as political and humanitarian relations between them.

Prince Sultan said: “It is our religious and humanitarian duty to support Bosnia, and King Salman has given special attention to Bosnia’s cause since the war started in the days of the late King Fahd and until justice was achieved and the war ended with Saudi Arabia’s support.”

The SCTH chief explained that Saudi Arabia is investing in Bosnia’s future as a country located in the heart of Europe with a future in the European market.

Prince Sultan also visited the King Fahd Cultural Center in Sarajevo. He praised the center, saying it is one of the largest and most important support projects provided by the Kingdom to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

King Salman “attended the opening ceremony of the center,” said Prince Sultan, who was accompanied by the Saudi ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The center should be a cultural addition to the culture prevailing here.”