Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries express solidarity with Lebanon over Beirut explosion

People evacuate wounded after of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries express solidarity with Lebanon over Beirut explosion

  • Close allies of Lebanon pay tribute to victims of Beirut's massive and deadly twin blasts
  • Diab called to support the country reeling from its worst economic crisis, coronavirus pandemic

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it was “following with great concern the repercussions of the explosion that occurred” in Lebanon after two massive explosions in Beirut’s port on Tuesday.
The two blasts killed dozens of people, with the death toll expected to rise, and injured thousands. The blast was felt across the city and damaged several buildings and roads.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed the Kingdom’s full support and solidarity with the “brotherly Lebanese people ... and to protect Lebanon from all harm,” it said in a statement issued by Saudi Press Agency.
The Kingdom’s government also expressed its sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and those injured in the attack, wishing them a speedy recovery.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab called on “friendly countries” to support the country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
Several other Gulf countries issued similar statements.
The UAE’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed tweeted his condolences to the victims, saying: “We pray that God grants you patience and solace. God bless Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”

Meanwhile, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted that “our hearts are with Beirut and its people.”
He posted the tribute alongside an image of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, illuminated in the colors of the Lebanese flag.
“Our prayers during these difficult hours are that God... protects brotherly Lebanon and the Lebanese to reduce their affliction and heal their wounds,” he wrote.
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ordered directives to send aid to Lebanon to assist with the recovery, while Bahrain said it “extremely distressed by the terrible explosion.” It also asked those in need of assistance to contact their embassy.
The cause of the blasts is unknown but it is believed they came from an old weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah.
(With AFP)

 


Saudi Arabia says escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is "worrying"

Updated 28 September 2020

Saudi Arabia says escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is "worrying"

  • Saudi Arabia calls on both sides to "cease fire and to seek peaceful solutions
  • GCC stressed the importance of taking the dispute to the negotiating table

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it was worried about the escalating situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan due to their dispute over the Nagrono-Karabakh region.

The Kingdom called on both sides to "cease fire and to seek peaceful solutions to the conflict," state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Naif Al-Hajraf said the council was anxious about he escalating tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Al-Hajraf stressed the importance of taking the dispute to the negotiating table, in a statement issued Monday.

He also called for halting the escalations to maintain regional and global stability.

Armenia’s parliament on Monday condemned what it said was a “full-scale military attack” by Azerbaijan on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The country’s parliament also denounced Turkey’s involvement in the crisis, saying the Turkish “ambitions” in the conflict could risk destabilizing the region.