Saudi Shoura delegation meets Lebanese officials in Tripoli

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The group toured the ancient citadel of Tripoli, during which they heard a detailed explanation of its historic military importance. (SPA)
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The group toured the ancient citadel of Tripoli, during which they heard a detailed explanation of its historic military importance. (SPA)
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The group toured the ancient citadel of Tripoli, during which they heard a detailed explanation of its historic military importance. (SPA)
Updated 23 June 2019

Saudi Shoura delegation meets Lebanese officials in Tripoli

  • Al-Khalewi said: Lebanon is a brotherly country and Tripoli is a city that has its own specificity

BEIRUT: The president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli, Tawfiq Daboussi, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their assistance and friendship to Lebanon.
His comments came as he welcomed a delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council, led by Saleh Al-Khalewi. They were joined by Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, and Mayor of Tripoli Ahmad Qamaruddin.
The group toured the ancient citadel of Tripoli, during which they heard a detailed explanation of its historic military importance and the key present-day role it plays in tourism.
Daboussi also gave a presentation discussing “the importance of the investment project represented by the integrated economic city in its Lebanese, Arab, regional and international dimensions.”
Al-Khalewi said: “Lebanon is a brotherly country and Tripoli is a city that has its own specificity.
“We hope that this city will enjoy security and stability. We also hope that its good people will get past the recent troubles it faced. Their speedy recovery is a great sign of their nature.
“We see in the investment project ... an ambitious plan based on attracting large investments that encourage Arabs and other countries. There is no better place than the great Tripoli, with its distinctive and unique environment.” SPA Beirut


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 31 min 19 sec ago

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.