Members of the Lebanese community in Doha will host a dinner for Machnouk Monday evening. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's Interior Minister stressed Thursday that Gulf citizens would continue to receive visas on arrival at the airport, a day after a Saudi suicide bomber killed himself and wounded 12 people to evade arrest during a raid on his room at a Beirut hotel."Discussing the issue that visas should be granted for Gulf nationals by prior application is out of the question," Nouhad Machnouk told reporters upon arrival at the Grand Serail for a Cabinet meeting set for 11 a.m. He was responding to a report by the local newspaper As-Safir, which said that the Cabinet will discuss requesting Gulf visitors to apply for a visa in advance. After Cabinet's session, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said that tourists from the Gulf would still recieve visas upon arrival.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim had warned against issuing visas at the border.
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