Lebanon invited to Saudi-US Summit in Riyadh

PM Saad Hariri announces the formation of his new cabinet .December 19, 2016
PM Saad Hariri announced the formation of his new cabinet .December 19, 2016

Saudi Arabia’s  King Salman bin Abdulaziz sent an official invitation to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri inviting him to attend the Arab-Islamic-American Summit to be held in Riyadh on May 21.

According to a statement by Hariri’s press office, the Charge d’affaires of the Saudi embassy in Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, handed over to Hariri the invitation during a meeting at the Grand Serail.

“The aim of the summit is to work towards an establishment of a new partnership to confront extremism and terrorism, and reinforce the values of tolerance and coexistence for the future of our generations in the Arab region,” said Bukhari, following the meeting.

King Abdullah II of Jordan, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou are among the leaders invited by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz for the summit with United States President Donald Trump.

PM Saad Hariri is shown Thursday with Charge d'affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari    May 11, 2017
PM Saad Hariri is shown Thursday with Charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari May 11, 2017

In addition, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and the leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia have also received invitations.

Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites, will be Trump’s first foreign stop as President.

Trump has frequently been accused of fueling Islamophobia, but aides described his decision to visit Saudi Arabia as an effort to reset relations with the Muslim world.

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    On
    Thursday, May 11, Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadin broadcasted a speech by
    Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of the Lebanese Shia “Party
    of Allah” (“Hezbollah”). His speech was timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the
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    Sheikh Nasrallah devoted most of his speech to the situation on the
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    He
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    equipment, there is a serious gap in protecting the border.

    According
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    The leader of the terrorist group also touched on the topic of the hunger strike of Falestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. He
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