UAE will allow Emiratis to travel to Lebanon from Tuesday, October 8, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation announced yesterday. Emirates News Agency (WAM) also confirmed the announcement in a Twitter post.
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Khalid Belhoul, undersecretary at the ministry, said the decision was made after the ministry followed up with the Lebanese government about the security of the country’s entry ports, The National reports. The Lebanese government has also made guarantees about the security of the country’s ports.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, met Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the UAE capital earlier on Monday. At the Al Bahr Palace, the leaders discussed ways in which ties can be boosted between the two nations. The Lebanese Prime Minister arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday for a two-day tour, to speak at the UAE-Lebanon Investment Forum.
Along with Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, executive director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office, Mr Hariri toured Wahat Al Karama, Abu Dhabi’s national and cultural landmark to commemorate UAE martyrs. There, he signed a visitors log, in which he praised the bravery and heroism of the fallen UAE soldiers.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Emirati nationals had been banned from traveling to Lebanon. The travel ban lift is expected to strengthen relations between the two countries.