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Newsline: Saudi ambassador to return to Lebanon

The Saudi ambassador to Lebanon will return to Lebanon by the start of Ramadan next week, Lebanese newspaper al-Joumhouria reported on Wednesday, after Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati affirmed the country’s commitment to restore relations with Gulf states on Tuesday. In a statement on Tuesday, Mikati wrote that he had spoken with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah about restoring normal relations between Lebanon and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). “I renew the commitment of the Lebanese government to take the necessary and required measures to enhance cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council,” Mikati wrote in the statement. (https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-702083) The Lebanese prime minister stressed the need to end all political, military, security and media activities originating from Lebanon that affect the “sovereignty, security and stability” of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

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