“Relations with Beirut’ Too Deep to be Affected by Irresponsible Statements,” Says Saudi Envoy 

On Thursday, RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Waleed Bukhari, said that “the kingdom’s relationship with Lebanon is too deep to be affected by irresponsible and absurd statements.” The ambassador’s comments are his first after the offensive comments uttered by the Lebanese leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Bukhari also called on the Lebanese government to stop activities affecting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its neighboring Gulf countries. He said Hezbollah’s terrorist activities and regional military behavior threatened Arab national security in a statement to AFP.

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“Riyadh hopes that the political parties will prioritize the supreme interest of Lebanon…” Bukhari said, “and end Hezbollah’s terrorist hegemony over every aspect of the state.” He added that Hezbollah’s terrorist insistence on imposing its control disrupts peace in Lebanon.

Bukhari said his country affirms its constant concern for the Lebanese citizens residing in the Kingdom, and it supports the Lebanese people from all sects.

“We share with the international community the responsibility to maintain Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty,” he said

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