RIYADH: While Saudi nationals have not been able to cross from Syria to Lebanon, 88 Saudis who were staying in Lebanon flew home on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight.
They took off from Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport and landed at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport.
This falls within the efforts to repatriate Saudis wishing to come back to the Kingdom amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement on Thursday, the Saudi Embassy said that “the passengers were tested before boarding the plane under the supervision of medical teams, while a safe distance was kept between them on board the plane.”
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, accompanied by the embassy’s work groups concerned with the affairs of Saudi citizens, bid the returnees farewell before they took off.
Stressing the Kingdom’s role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Bukhari said: “It was one of the first countries to acknowledge its threat and took all the necessary preventive measures that were commended by the World Health Organization (WHO)."
“These measures came in line with the directives of King Salman and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide assistance and the necessary facilities to all Saudi citizens stuck abroad, including those in Lebanon.”