Jubeir: We look forward to the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria

Jubeir is attending a ministerial conference held for Arab and European countries to discuss the Syrian file in Brussels. (File/AFP)
Updated 04 February 2019
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Jubeir: We look forward to the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria

  • “We look forward to a result that preserves Syria's independence and unity and leads to the removal of its foreign forces,” Jubeir said
  • Jubeir is attending a ministerial conference held for Arab and European countries to discuss the Syrian file in Brussels

BRUSSELS: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said that the kingdom is looking forward to the withdrawal of foreign troops from Syria on Monday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

“We look forward to a result that preserves Syria's independence and unity and leads to the removal of its foreign forces,” Jubeir said.

“We are consulting with the Arab countries for a result that included the implementation of UN resolution 2254,” he said from Brussels, where a ministerial conference is being held for Arab and European countries to discuss the Syrian file, adding that “Europeans and Arabs face common challenges in combating terrorism and extremism.”

He stressed that there are great promises to develop trade and investment between the two regions.


Lebanon PM undergoes heart procedure in France

Updated 29 min 9 sec ago
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Lebanon PM undergoes heart procedure in France

  • Hariri’s office said the 48-year-old underwent an hour-long angioplasty procedure
  • Hariri will return to his home in Paris later Monday

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister underwent a heart procedure in a Paris hospital on Monday and is expected to be discharged later in the day.
Saad Hariri’s office said the 48-year-old underwent an hour-long angioplasty procedure, used to treat blocked arteries. Hariri’s personal physician, Essam Yassin, said the prime minister is well and described the procedure as a “preventive” measure.
He said Hariri will return to his home in Paris later Monday.
Hariri is the youngest head of state in the region, and has been Lebanon’s prime minister for three separate periods since 2009. He is now presiding over his third Cabinet, after being named premier again in February.
His father, Rafik Hariri, a business tycoon who also served as Lebanon’s prime minister, was assassinated in 2005.