Saudi Arabia will not deport Lebanese expatriates residing in its territory, according to Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari.
“Everything that is being said about the Kingdom’s intention to deport the Lebanese from its lands is unfounded,” Ambassador Bukhari said during a conversation with reporters on Wednesday.
The diplomat pointed out that even in the midst of the Gulf War, Saudi Arabia did not deport anyone from its lands. This, he said, “is because the Kingdom was built on humanitarian foundations.”
He recalled seeing a Lebanese family before him in line when he went to receive a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine shot, saying the incident brought him joy because Saudi Arabia was not differentiating between citizens and residents in the vaccination process.
“What has earned the Kingdom the respect of the international community is that it has a single language and political discourse in public and in secret,” he explained.
Bukhari’s statement comes in response to rumors that Saudi Arabia would deport Lebanese expatriates as a consequence of caretaker Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe‘s controversial remarks about the Arab country.
Our team works tirelessly to ensure Lebanese people have a reliable alternative to the politically-backed media outlets with their heavily-funded and dangerous propaganda machines. We've been detained, faced nonstop cyber attacks, censorship, attempted kidnapping, physical intimidation, and frivolous lawsuits draining our resources. Financial support from our readers keeps us fighting on your behalf. If you are financially able, please consider supporting The961's work. Support The961. Make a contribution now.