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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Lebanese Prime Minister

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, met in his office in Riyadh on Wednesday with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The meeting reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries as well as latest developments in the Middle East, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said.

In 2016, Riyadh declared Hezbollah a “terrorist organization” and urged its citizens to leave Lebanon.

It also suspended financial aid to the Lebanese army over what it viewed as the rise of the militant Hezbollah, which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah, chose Saudi Arabia for his first visit abroad after he took office in October, in a bid to bridge the gap with one of his country’s main financial backers.

The kingdom has always been the main supporter of Hariri’s Sunni Muslim community, which represents a main faction in the country’s confessional politics.

(With AFP)