Lebanese Prime Ministers Najib Mikati, Fouad Siniora, and Tamam Salam on Monday
issued a statement relaying Saudi King Salman's affirmation of Saudi Arabia’s
strong and firm commitment to Lebanon, its independence and sovereignty, as
well as the paramount importance of preserving the Taif Agreement, which ended
Lebanon’s internal war.
“King Salman stressed the importance of coexistence between all the Lebanese, of all sects and affiliations, under the constitution. He also stressed respect for laws, as well as for Arab and international legitimacy,” the three former PMs said in a statement.
“The Kingdom would spare no effort to protect Lebanon's unity, sovereignty and independence,” the statement read as quoting Salman.
“In this regard, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques stressed the importance of restoring respect and credibility to the Lebanese state, as well as bolstering its ability to extend its full authority and legitimate power across all its territories,” the statement said, adding that King Salman had also expressed his sincere desire to visit Lebanon, “which is considered the best forum in the Arab world.”
The three prime ministers also met with Foreign Minister Ibrahim Assaf, in the presence of Saudi Minister of State Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan, Advisor to the Royal Court Nizar al-Alula, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari, and Saudi Undersecretary of State Adnan Al-Qayyim.
Talks reportedly touched on various situations and developments in Lebanon and the region.