Gulf states to lift travel ban on Lebanon

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Thursday that Gulf states may soon lift the travel bans they had imposed on Lebanon in recent years.

“Gulf states are mulling re-allowing their citizens to visit Lebanon,” Hariri was quoted as saying by the Annahar daily.

“This would reflect positively on the tourism sector and on the economy in general,” the prime minister added.

Hariri visited Saudi Arabia last week.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait in last November warned their citizens against traveling to Lebanon, amid a Lebanese-Saudi crisis sparked by Hariri’s controversial resignation announcement in Riyadh which he rescinded soon after.

Saudi Arabia said at the time that it considered Hezbollah’s engagement in the Lebanese government an “act of war” against the kingdom.

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