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UAE fully Supports Saudi Decision on Lebanon

Saudi Press Agency

Saturday 1437/5/11 - 2016/02/20

ABU DHABI, Jumada I 10, 1437, February 19, 2016, SPA -- United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, announced the UAE's full support for Saudi Arabia's decision to conduct a comprehensive review of its relations with Lebanon, and halt its arms deals for the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces due to Lebanon's recent official positions, including its failure to condemn Iran's aggression against the Saudi Embassy and Consulate in Iran.

The statement of the ministry noted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's decision came after Lebanon repeatedly took negative offensive and bizarre positions against pan-Arab consensus, despite contacts with the relevant Lebanese authorities.

'Lebanon's official position has been hijacked and turned against the interests of Lebanon itself and the interests of Arabs, something evident in the so-called Hezbollah's domineering and hijacking of Lebanon's official decision, which led Lebanon to taking a incongruous position that is against the pan-Arab interests,' the statement stated.

'Despite the historic and traditional support extended to Lebanon by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other members states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as well as hosting a large number of Lebanese people and despite the fact that these states stood by Lebanon, during the hard circumstances it went through, we regret to see these negative trends that are not representing of the majority of the Lebanese people,' the statement added.

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation remarked that in light of all these facts, UAE fully supports the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's decision to halt its aid to the Lebanese army as well as security forces, and at the same time calls upon Lebanon and its people to restore Lebanon to the Arab Nation fold, where it belongs, away from the Iranian influences adopted by the so-called Hezbollah.

01:37 LOCAL TIME 22:37 GMT

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