Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri speaks in Beirut, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri said Tuesday Hezbollah's verbal attack against his country would not affect Lebanese-Saudi ties, adding that Riyadh considered that only the government spoke for Lebanon.Asiri made his remarks while accompanying Prime Minister Tammam Salam on a two-day visit starting Tuesday to Saudi Arabia, where he is meeting senior Saudi officials.The Saudi envoy said the Lebanese community in Saudi Arabia was complaining that Hezbollah's stance was harming its interests.Asiri assured Lebanese in Saudi Arabia, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, that their interests would not be harmed as a result of Hezbollah's rhetoric.In August of last year, Saudi Arabia granted another $1 billion to all Lebanese security services.Asked to comment on a potential paralysis in the government over the controversial issue of security appointments, Asiri said the Lebanese would hold accountable those responsible for the deadlock.
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