Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (SPA)
Updated 28 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

RIYADH: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, in his first visit back to the country since he announced his resignation in the kingdom.
Hariri announced on November 4 that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind it the following month after France intervened.
Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said Hariri and King Salman discussed “bilateral relations and recent developments in Lebanon.”
It published pictures of the two leaders locked in a firm handshake.
He is also due to hold talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose impact on the kingdom’s policies has steadily expanded since his appointment as heir to the throne in June.
His visit comes after a meeting Monday in Beirut with Saudi envoy Nizar Al-Alula during which Hariri said he received and accepted an invitation to travel to Riyadh.
Alula also met with President Michel Aoun, who told him of Lebanon’s desire to “maintain the best relations” with the Gulf state.
Lebanon will hold legislative elections on May 6, the country’s first since 2009.


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The Saudi ambassador praised the soldiers as “heros” for defending the Kingdom against the “Iran backed Houthi terrorist.”

 

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militia, who overthrew the democratically elected, internationally recognized government of Yemen in 2014.

During the Yemen conflict, the militia has targeted Saudi Arabia using ballistic missiles, which United Nations investigations have found to have been manufactured by Iran.