File - Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri attends a ceremony in Beirut, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Outgoing Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad al-Asiri said in a speech Thursday that his country would not interfere in the presidential election, and also attributed the rise of Islamic fanaticism to the Iranian revolution.Asiri said that the absence of a president created problems between Lebanon and other countries, particularly in the process of appointing ambassadors.Commenting on former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's surprise return to Lebanon last week, Asiri said that the Future Movement leader, an ally of the kingdom, returned to the country at the "appropriate time". Separately, the outgoing ambassador said that fanaticism in Islam had emerged following the Iranian revolution of 1979 .Asiri also visited former Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani Thursday.
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