Saudi envoy says Kingdom to lift warning against its citizens’ travel to Lebanon

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Saudi Arabia will lift its warning against its citizens travelling to Lebanon, the kingdom's ambassador to Beirut was cited as saying by Lebanese al-Jadeed television on Wednesday.

“Given that the previous security reasons have ended and based on reassurances from the Lebanese government to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia then is lifting its travel warning for its citizens,” Jadeed cited Waleed Bukhari as saying.

Walid Bukhari made the statement in Beirut on Wednesday following a meeting between Saudi royal court envoy Nizar al-Aloula and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

In November 2017, Saudi Arabia advised its citizens not to visit Lebanon and those already in the country to leave. The warning came days after Hariri announced his resignation in a televised address from Saudi Arabia before he later withdrew it.

The lifting of the Saudi warning comes two weeks after a new Cabinet was formed in Lebanon.

Tension has been high for years between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon's Hezbollah, listed by the kingdom as a terrorist organization.

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