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Saudi envoy rejects intervention in Lebanon election

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri attends a ceremony in Beirut, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon confirmed that his country was standing by its position against any intervention in the Lebanese presidential election.

“The kingdom does not support any presidential candidate,” Ali Awad Asiri told local TV station OTV, adding that Riyadh supported a Lebanon-made president.

His remarks appeared to be in response to a report by the local newspaper Al-Akhbar, in which it cited Future Movement sources as saying that chances of Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun of becoming a president were “below zero” since Saudi Arabia had the right to veto.

 

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