Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, who is currently in Beirut on an official visit, yesterday met with Lebanese President Ilyas Harawi at a reception held in his honor in the presence of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri, Speaker of the Lebanese Council of Deputies Nabih Berri, and a number of other ministers as well as Prince Abdullah's accompanying delegation. During the reception, at which cordial talks were exchanged and issues of mutual interest reviewed, Crown Prince Abdullah was presented by President Harawi with the Lebanese Sash of Merit, First Class, in recognition of the pioneering role being played by the Saudi government in support of Lebanon.
Speaking on the occasion, President Harawi highlighted the existing fraternal relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and praised the Kingdom's outstanding role in settling Lebanon's problems through hosting the Taif Accord that paved the way for the end of the civil war. President Harawi went on to praise the positive contributions being made by the Kingdom to the program of reconstruction in Lebanon.
For his part, Crown Prince Abdullah thanked President Harawi for the honor, and conveyed to him the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, presenting to him on the King's behalf, the King Abdul Aziz Medal, the highest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who attended the reception, referred to the current visit of Crown Prince Abdullah to Lebanon as embodying the strong fraternal relations that exist between the two countries, saying: "We are happy to be in this much-loved country". Prince Abdullah and his accompanying delegation are on a three-day visit to Lebanon, and arrived in Beirut yesterday overland from Damascus. On arrival, Prince Abdullah expressed his pleasure at visiting Lebanon, and congratulated the Lebanese people and government on their return to the Arab fold and overcoming their bitter experience, recalling the painful days endured by the Arab world because of Lebanon's ordeal. Prince Abdullah went on to convey to President Harawi and the Lebanese people the greetings and good wishes of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Saudi leadership, and the people of Saudi Arabia.