UAE to lift travel warning on Lebanon

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-07 18:29:08|Editor: xuxin
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BEIRUT, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lift the travel warning on Lebanon soon, the National News Agency (NNA) reported Tuesday.

"A team from the Department of Civil Aviation of the UAE is meeting with the Lebanese Civil Aviation team to study some technical matters," said Hamad Bin Saeed Al Shamsi, UAE ambassador to Lebanon.

Shamsi's remarks came after his meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil over bilateral ties.

The UAE, along with other Gulf countries, issued a travel warning against Lebanon in February 2016, citing the instability of the country affected by the Syrian war.

The travel warning came after Lebanon voted against an Arab League's call to designate Hezbollah, a militant group in Lebanon, as a terrorist organization and the suspension of Syria's membership in the Arab bloc.

The warning was renewed in November 2017 amid a Lebanese-Saudi crisis sparked by a controversial resignation announcement by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his visit to Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. Hariri rescinded his resignation soon afterward.

Saudi Arabia already lifted its travel warning on Lebanon more than two months ago.