Saudi envoy to Lebanon concerned by ‘assassination plot’

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri attends a ceremony in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (Photo courtesy: The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri has expressed concern after the alleged arrests of two suspects connected with a plot to assassinate him.

“My safety and the safety of Saudi mission are the responsibility of the Lebanese security forces,” Asiri told Al Arabiya News Channel sister channel Al-Hadath, speaking from Riyadh.

He said the Lebanese authorities had not given him details of the attempt, which allegedly also targeted the Saudi embassy staff in Beirut.

Speaking from Riyadh to Beirut-based newspaper Al Liwa, Asiri also said he will request “clarification from Lebanese authorities regarding information” revealing the assassination plot against him.

The Saudi envoy added that he was seeking “a confirmation or denial” of the report.

Asiri left Lebanon in mid-2013 after a series of security incidents, including suicide attacks, linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria. In response the deteriorating situation in Lebanon, Gulf states including Saudi Arabia issued a series of travel notices advising their citizens to avoid Lebanon. In May 2014, he had returned to Lebanon to resume his responsibilities.

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