File - King Salman of Saudi Arabia, right, receives former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Monday, April 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri thanked Saudi Arabia for standing by Lebanon, saying that relations between the two countries would not be affected by some parties seeking to undermine Riyadh's role, in a clear reference to Hezbollah, which has launched a blistering diatribe against the kingdom over its policies in the region.Earlier this year, the Lebanese government had unsuccessfully tried to defuse a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia that has strained Lebanon's ties with Arab Gulf states and risked grave economic consequences for the country's struggling economy.In addition to reiterating Lebanon's commitment to Arab unanimity at Arab conferences, Prime Minister Tammam Salam has also attempted to defuse the crisis with Riyadh by urging Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to halt his verbal attacks against Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
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