Published on : Friday, February 10, 2017
The diplomatic ties between Saudi tourism and Lebanon are expected to increase tourism inflow between the two countries. This collaboration would increase more Saudi Arabian flights to Beirut. In the past few years, Syrian crisis had hampered the relation between Lebanese and Saudi Arabia to a great extent. Citizens of Gulf nations were not allowed to visit Lebanon. Saudi Arabia suspended almost $3 billion to Lebanon in terms of military assistance of French arms last year.
President Aoun’s Riyadh visit is being looked upon as an opportunity for re-establishing the damaged relation between the two countries. To quote Future Block MP Ammar Houri, ‘’ a complementary effort comfortably received by the Lebanese.
The Kingdom has always been keen to offer Lebanon help and support in all fields and arenas. The Lebanese state’s proven ability to control security and fight terrorism combined with a warm welcome to our Saudi brothers constitutes favorable conditions for the Saudi comeback to Lebanon.’’
To quote Pierre Ashkar, the head of the Lebanese Hotel Owners’ Association, ‘’ The Gulf people, especially the Saudis, represent the backbone of tourism in Lebanon. Our country’s history is a witness to the importance of these relations which date from the second half of the last century to the present.’’
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