BEIRUT: Saudi Culture Ministry transferred 45 students on scholarships from Lebanon to other countries in light of recent security developments in the Mediterranean country, Saudi Al-Anwar reported Sunday.
“The kingdom’s Ministry of Education allows students on state scholarships to move abroad or [return and] finish their studies in the kingdom in case they face any danger,” the Saud Cultural attaché in Lebanon Mosaed al-Jarrah told the newspaper.
The cultural attaché coordinated with the Ministry of Education and the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon to transfer 45 students out of 120 from Lebanese universities to others in the U.S., Britain and Australia, he added.
The remaining 75 students in Lebanese universities are close to graduating, al-Jarrah said, adding that the overall number of Saudi students in Lebanon has decreased as a result of the security situation.
“The cultural attaché is preparing to secure the safety and the immediate departure of students on scholarships and those studying at their own expense if necessary,” he said.
He also noted that the embassy in Beirut is following up on developments in Lebanon and looking into circumstances that could prevent other students from leaving the country.
Last month, Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon in light of the recent twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed at least 29 people and wounded over 150.
It was the second Saudi travel advice for Saudis in Lebanon in two months.
Lebanon has been rocked by several security incidents this year including two car bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs and others in the northern city of Tripoli as officials warn of further security deterioration.