UAE will soon lift Lebanon travel ban, says a report

A file photo of Beirut’s down town. (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates will soon lift a ban on its citizens traveling to Lebanon, Lebanese state media cited the UAE’s ambassador to Lebanon as saying on Tuesday.

“The lifting of the ban on Emiratis traveling to Lebanon will come soon,” Lebanon’s NNA quoted Hamad Saeed al-Shamsi as telling journalists after meeting Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

The UAE’s close ally Saudi Arabia said in February it was lifting its own advice to citizens not to travel to Lebanon, where Gulf tourism was once a mainstay of the now struggling economy.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have both voiced frequent concern over the political situation in Lebanon, located next to war-torn Syria and home to the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah group.

Lebanon’s army in 2017 ended the presence of Syrian rebel and militant groups that had taken small territorial enclaves in the mountains along the frontier.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59