BEIRUT: March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh and former MP Fares Soueid denounced Tuesday the detention of Saudi diplomats by Hezbollah members in Beirut’s southern suburbs and called on Lebanese authorities to take measures to protect Lebanese citizens and Arab residents.
Hamadeh and Soueid, coordinator of the March 14 Secretariat General, visited the Saudi Embassy where they met with the Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri and Charge d’Affaires Abdullah al-Zahrani.
They discussed with Asiri “the general situation in Lebanon and the region, especially the events in Syria and their repercussions on Lebanon,” according to a statement released after the meeting, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Hamadeh and Soueid condemned detaining “Saudi diplomats and Arab nationals and questioning them by illegitimate armed militias,” the statement said, in a clear reference to Hezbollah.
The pair voiced their “full solidarity with Arab brothers who are in Lebanon for touristic, professional or medical reasons.”
Last week, the Saudi Embassy filed a complaint with the Foreign Ministry after one of its diplomatic cars was inspected at a Hezbollah checkpoint near Beirut’s southern suburb of Shiyah.