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Saudi envoy hails Sleiman as ‘wise leader’

President Michel Sleiman, left, receives Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri in Baabda, Monday, May 5, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri visited Baabda Palace Saturday to bid farewell to Michel Sleiman, hailing the outgoing president’s performance throughout his six-year tenure.

“I have had the chance as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Lebanon since to 2009 to follow up with President Michel Sleiman in many stages,” Asiri said. “Throughout all this period, he was the wise leader who has no concern other than his country’s supreme interest and how to promote national unity among his people."

Sleiman, Asiri said, was always keen on implementing the Constitution and ensuring security and stability for Lebanon.

Sleiman, for his part, presented Asiri with the National Order of the Cedar Medal-Commander Grade.

The Saudi envoy said he was proud to receive such medal, which he described as “a witness to the depth of brotherly ties between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.”

He also said he hoped that the Lebanese political figures would work to elect a new president as soon as possible.

 

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