Today, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on its citizens in Lebanon to “return to the homeland,” and the call came in conjunction with the UAE’s decision to withdraw its diplomats from Lebanon.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today, Sunday, that “in view of the current events and based on the decision to prevent the travel of UAE citizens to Lebanon, which coincided with the decision of the UAE to withdraw its diplomats from Lebanon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation calls on all its citizens present in Lebanon to return to the UAE in shortest time”.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the UAE, Khaled Abdullah Belhoul, indicated that “in embodiment of the UAE’s constant keenness to follow up the conditions of its citizens abroad and ensure their safety, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has taken all necessary measures to facilitate the return of its citizens from Lebanon.”
He stressed the ministry’s readiness to harness all capabilities to help any citizen in Lebanon to return to the Emirates.
He added, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation calls on citizens in Lebanon to communicate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s call center.”
The UAE authorities announced yesterday, Saturday, that they had withdrawn their diplomats from Beirut, and had issued a decision to prevent their citizens from traveling to Lebanon, and the UAE Minister of State, Khalifa Shaheen Al-Marar, said that “the decision to withdraw the diplomats came in solidarity with the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in light of the unacceptable approach.” by some Lebanese officials towards the Kingdom.
Al-Marar pointed to the continuity of work in the consular section and visa center in the country’s mission to Beirut during the current period, while the Emirates News Agency confirmed that “the state decided to prevent its citizens from traveling to the Republic of Lebanon.”
The Emirati move came following the statements of the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi, on Yemen.
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