Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri attends a ceremony in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir )
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Assiri returned to Lebanon and resumed his diplomatic duties after a months-long absence for security reasons.Riyadh renewed its travel advisory for Lebanon earlier this year in light of the spate of suicide bombings in the country, urging citizens to refrain from traveling to Lebanon. Lebanon has repeatedly urged Gulf countries including Riyadh to lift the ban, particularly after the government commissioned a Lebanese Army-led security plan to restore law and order in the country. Assiri expressed hope that security in Lebanon would improve, saying there was no travel ban on Lebanon.
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