Saudi Arabia to appoint ambassador to Lebanon

BEIRUT - Saudi Arabia will appoint a new ambassador to Lebanon, encourage the return of Saudi tourists and increase flights there by Saudi airlines, the Lebanese president's office said, in a sign of improved bilateral ties.
The kingdom's Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan informed President Michel Aoun of the changes when they met at the presidential palace on Monday, Aoun's office said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia's former ambassador left Beirut last summer, and the post has been vacant since.
Aoun, an ally of the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, was elected in October in a deal that also saw Lebanon's leading Sunni Muslim politician, Saad al-Hariri, appointed prime minister.
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