Lebanese prominent delegation visits Riyadh to offer condolences, meets Hariri

JANUARY 24, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) A significant Lebanese delegation visited the Saudi Kingdom Saturday, in order to pay condolences for the passing away of Saudi Monarch Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

The delegation also met with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri at his residence in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, who held a dinner banquet in their honor “during which talks touched on various hour issues in Lebanon and the region,” according to a statement by Hariri’s Media Bureau.

“A large delegation of Lebanese deputies, politicians and prominent Muslim and Christian religious clerics, businessmen, journalists and high dignitaries arrived in the Saudi capital on Saturday, upon an invitation by former PM Saad Hariri to offer condolences for the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz,” the statement indicated. “The delegation included former President Michel Sleiman; former President Amine Gemayel; former PM Fouad Siniora; Deputy Speaker Farid Mkari; Interior Minister Nuhad al-Mashnouq; Lebanese Forces Party Head Samir Geagea and spouse, MP Strida Geagea; former Minister Elie Skaff; Deputies Bahia Hariri, Dori Chamoun, Samir Jisr, Jean Ogassapian, Atef Majdalani, Antoine Zahra, Fadi Karam, Assem Araji, Mohammed Qabbani, Ammar Houri, Mohammad Hajjar, Hadi Hobeish and Amine Wehbe; former Cabinet Minister Tarek Mitri; March 14th General Secretariat Coordinator Faris Saeid, and various other figures,” the statement added.

“PM Hariri accompanied the delegation to the Royal Palace, where they offered condolences to King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Crown Prince Moqren bin Abdul-Aziz and Crown Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz,” the statement went on.

“During condolences, Hariri conferred with House Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam, and exchanged hand greetings with several heads of Arab and foreign delegations, including U.A.E. Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Governor, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif,” the statement added.