Saudi Arabia’s Arab Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan meets with former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in Beirut, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Mohamad Azakir)
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A Saudi delegation is expected to arrive in Beirut at the beginning of next week to meet with senior officials after the recent political breakthrough in the country, local media reported Saturday.The delegation will also present Aoun with an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia, according to As-Safir newspaper.The daily said that Riyadh was seeking to remove the political hurdles in the way of a $3 billion Saudi grant to Lebanese security forces that would pay for France to train and equip the Lebanese Army.Sabhan had lastly visited Lebanon in Oct. ahead of the election of Aoun as the country's 13th president, signaling a tacit Saudi consent for his election.
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