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Thu 7 May 2015 12:37 PM

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Saudi ambassador leaves Lebanon amid assassination attempts

Embassy will remain open, as ambassador claims the attempted attacks “clearly targeted the relationship between the kingdom and Lebanon”

Saudi ambassador leaves Lebanon amid assassination attempts
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The Saudi ambassador to Lebanon has returned home after two thwarted assassination attempts, Arab News reported.

However, embassy staff have remained in Beirut.

Ali Awad Asiri said the embassy would continue to do its work, despite the attempts to discourage staff.

He claimed the attempted attacks “clearly targeted the relationship between the kingdom and Lebanon, and such efforts will not be condoned”.

“Investigations are in the hands of Lebanese military intelligence at the moment, and we are required to maintain confidentiality,” he was quoted as saying.

Hezbollah, a Shia Islamist group and political party based in Lebanon, does not support Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia.

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