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UAE may lift travel advisory for Lebanon: minister

Minister Nouhad Machnouk, right, shakes hands with his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, Monday, May 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk called Monday on Emiratis to visit Lebanon, adding that the UAE was considering lifting the travel advisory on the country.

“The Emiratis are most welcome to visit Lebanon, since the security situation has become under control,” Machnouk said from Abu Dhabi, where he announced a tour of Gulf states before Ramadan aimed at encouraging tourism and garnering support for Lebanon's security forces.

“There are encouraging indicators that the travel advisory warning Emiratis against visiting Lebanon could be lifted but we still haven’t gotten a decisive promise,” he said.

Saudi Arabia lifted its travel advisory for Lebanon earlier this month, with other Gulf countries expected to follow suit. The advisory was initially issued by the Gulf countries in mid-2012, citing the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Machnouk said he was seeking to strengthen Lebanon’s ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council and garner support for “the Lebanese Internal Security Forces and the General Security in confronting terrorism at this difficult stage Lebanon is going through.”

 

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