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HAWAT TACKLES BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH SAUDI AMBASSADOR

Al Bukhari: We hope that this city will enjoy a large share of Saudi and Arab tourists

NNA - Member of the "Strong Republic" Parliamentary Bloc, MP ZiadHawat, received at his Byblos office this morning Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Waleed Al Bukhari, in the presence of Byblos Mayor WissamZaarour, with bilateral relations centering their discussions.

Hawat welcomed the Saudi Ambassador in the city of Jbeil, emphasizing the depth of the relationship between Lebanon and the Saudi Kingdom, which has provided Lebanon and the Lebanese with all goodness and support, whether by receiving a large number of Lebanese investors on its land or through the Lebanese expatriates working in the Kingdom. "All this confirms the Kingdom's keenness on the Lebanese people," he said.

"Saudi Arabia has always been on the side of the Lebanese state and legitimacy ever since the Taef Accord and national reconciliation, and then the reconstruction of Lebanon and the support of the Lebanese army, in addition to the financial grant it has deposited at the Central Bank," Hawat went on.

"All this embodies and affirms the role of the Kingdom of Goodness in supporting the Lebanese society," he corroborated.

"Today we welcome Ambassador Al Bukhari to tell him that this city is dear to the hearts of the Saudis and we hope that it will be a focal point for Saudi tourists, whereby they would always visit it...Lebanon is their second home, as is the city of Byblos, which enjoys all touristic specifications whether religious, cultural, historical or environmental...and is capable of receiving the Saudi brethren and friend with the best Arab hospitality in all sectors and domains," Hawat reassured.

"We hope this year's summer season would be very good, and that the brotherly relationship between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia will continue to be the best in the presence of Ambassador Al Bukhari, who loves Lebanon and the Lebanese and is interested in the affairs of this country, just as the Lebanese care about the affairs of the Kingdom and its sons," concluded Hawat.

Al Bukhari, in turn, thanked Hawat and Zaarour for their warm reception, affirming that "the city of Byblos has been a historic city for thousands of years, where all the civilizations of the world have reconciled, from Phoenician to Roman, Arab and Byzantine, so we see the reflection of this reality in this city that bears the highest values of Lebanon - the message."

He added: "We are conducting this field visit to the city in order to get acquainted with the historical sites and monuments that have dazzled the world, so we confirm through the 'Jusoor Initiative' launched by the Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Lebanon on communicating with all the regions of Lebanon and all Lebanese components of all sects..."

"We affirm the Kingdom's mission to preserve the security, stability and prosperity of Lebanon, and we hope that it would safeguard its institutions and political gains in order to protect the Lebanese people," Al Bukhari underscored.

He thanked "the people of the city of Byblos, who are characterized by their high ethics and values," hoping that "this city will have a large share of Saudi and Arab tourists who would marvel at its beauty and heritage."

Responding to a question on a possible cooperation between the Municipality of Byblos and Saudi Arabia, Al Bukhari said: "We discussed this issue with the Mayor and there were joint proposals for possible cooperation. We will hold subsequent meetings with the municipal council, which will submit a request for cooperation between us, to be raised to the Saudi authorities."

In response to another question, he stressed that the visit "has no political significance, but is a fraternal visit that reflects our communication," in line with the Kingdom's launched imitative on emphasizing its role in this respect.

Source: National News Agency

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