Qatar emir arrives in Beirut


The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Beirut Friday evening at about 7:00 pm.

At the airport he was welcomed by Lebanese president Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri , PM Saad Hariri.

The 3 Lebanese leaders who bid farewell to the visiting Syrian and Saudi leaders were still at the airport when the emir arrived .

The emir, who is staying until Sunday, is expected to meet separately with Lebanese leaders and scheduled to visit the south of the country to inspect the Qatari-sponsored reconstruction projects that were launched following the July 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel .

Earlier today Saudi Arabia’s king Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and Syria’s president Bashar al- Assad arrived in Beirut aboard the same plane at for summit talks with Lebanese officials aimed at defusing the tension in Lebanon.