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Saudi King receives Lebanon’s former PMs

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, on received Monday at Al-Salam Royal Palace in Jeddah former Prime Ministers Najib Mikati, Tammam Salam and Fouad Siniora, with whom he held a 35-minute meeting on the latest developments in Lebanon and the broad region.

The meeting was attended on the Saudi side by Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Al Assaf, Saudi State Minister Musaad Al Aiban, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Waleed Bukhari, Adviser to the Saudi Royal Court Nizar Al Aloula, and the King's And Assistant Secretary Tamim Al-Salem.

The former PMs have arrived to Jeddah airport this morning, where they headed to Al-Salam Royal Palace to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

The visiting delegation was greeted at the airport by Adviser to the Saudi Royal court Nizar Al Aloula, Ambassador Bukhari, and Lebanese Consul in Jeddah Ali Qaranouh.

Speaking at the airport, former PM Siniora said that their visit to Saudi Arabia was to underline the importance of "the excellent brotherly and honest" bilateral relations, underlining the need to restore credibility to the Taef Accord and the Constitution, and the ability of the state to extend its full authority over its entire territory.

He added that the delegation would convey to the Saudi King a relevant message from Prime Minister Saad Hariri on bolstering relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Former PM Tammam Salam, in turn, considered the visit "important and natural", deeming relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia as "deeply rooted, historic and ongoing."

"We expect further communication, especially amidst the current difficult circumstances," Salam corroborated.

Source: National News Agency

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