Saudi king says deeply concerned about Lebanon violence

May 23, 2012 13:33

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is "deeply concerned" about sectarian violence in Lebanon, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday, in an apparent reference to the killing of a Lebanese Sunni cleric opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Violence linked to the Syria conflict has spilled over into Lebanon, where soldiers on Sunday shot dead a prominent Sunni cleric and a member of a Lebanese political alliance against Assad in the northern city of Tripoli.

Sunni-led Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, is a leading supporter of Lebanon's Sunni Muslims.

It has long viewed the Assad government with distrust, pointing to its alliance with Shi'ite Iran which Saudi Arabia suspects of stirring up unrest in neighboring Bahrain and among its own Shi'ite minority.

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