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Asiri invites Bassil to conference on terrorism

Minister Gebran Bassil, left, shakes hands with Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri in Beirut, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabian Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri Friday invited Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to a conference on terrorism.

“I had requested the meeting in order to extend him an invitation to attend a conference on terrorism and ISIS that will be held in Riyadh next week,” Asiri told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.

The state-run National News Agency said Asiri would not comment on reports that the U.S. and Israel were exerting pressure to halt the $3 billion Saudi grant for the Lebanese Army.

However, sources in the U.S Embassy in Beirut dismissed reports of Israeli-American pressures as baseless.

 

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