Beirut: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari said on Thursday that the kingdom will remove the travel ban on Lebanon upon the formation of a Lebanese government, the media reported. Also Read - Grenade Blast at Jeddah Cemetery in Saudi Arabia Injures Many, One Suspect Arrested
“We are working on strengthening Lebanese-Saudi ties in different areas,” Bukhari was quoted by the National News Agency as saying. Also Read - Saudi Public Investment Fund to Invest Rs 9555 Crore in Reliance Retail Ventures
Bukhari’s remarks came during his meeting at the embassy with a delegation from the Lebanese Business and Investment Council headed by its President Mohamad Chahine, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - Good News For Indian Workers as Saudi Arabia Plans to Bring Changes in Restrictions on Migrants
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait in last November warned their citizens against travelling to Lebanon, amid a Lebanese-Saudi crisis sparked by Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s controversial resignation announcement in Riyadh which he rescinded soon after.
The warning affected the tourism sector in Lebanon as the number of Gulf tourists in the country dropped by 40 per cent, according to Caretaker Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian.