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Tue, 05/30/2023 - 19:58
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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Receives Lebanese Interior Minister

Beirut, May 30, 2023, SPA -- The Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, emphasized the high priority given by the leadership in the Kingdom, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to the well-being of Saudi citizens both abroad and at home. This keenness is a top priority for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During a meeting at the Embassy headquarters in Beirut with the Lebanese Interior Minister of the Caretaker Government, Bassam Mawlawi, the Saudi Ambassador expressed gratitude for the successful rescue of the Saudi citizen and extended appreciation to the Lebanese army command and all security agencies involved. Under Mawlawi's supervision, the liberation operation was carried out swiftly and professionally. The ambassador confirmed that the Saudi citizen had undergone medical tests and was in good health.
Bukhari emphasized that these security efforts demonstrated the Lebanese authorities' commitment to providing all necessary means to maintain security.
Mawlawi highlighted the ongoing coordination with Bukhari throughout the kidnapping period and the security measures taken to expedite the operation's resolution. He emphasized that the kidnapping received significant attention and close monitoring from all Lebanese security and military agencies, who meticulously followed up on all details of the incident.
The Lebanese Interior Minister provided an account of the events, stating that the Saudi citizen was abducted near a restaurant in downtown Beirut. The kidnappers used a stolen car while being pursued by a second vehicle. The movement of the Saudi citizen's phone was tracked, leading the Lebanese Armed Forces to conduct extensive searches in the northern Beqaa area, extending up to the Lebanese-Syrian borders. The army successfully freed the kidnapped Saudi citizen through the collaboration of all security agencies.
He underscored that Lebanon's security services work cohesively and diligently to achieve safety for all Lebanese citizens and Arab residents. He described the kidnapping as a heinous crime that cannot be tolerated and viewed it as an attempt to undermine the relationship with friendly and brotherly countries, particularly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Lebanese Interior Minister revealed that the Lebanese security authorities had arrested nine suspects involved in the abduction, and the independent Lebanese judiciary would investigate the crime. He emphasized the strength of Lebanon's relationship with the Kingdom, which remains unwavering.