BEIRUT – The Lebanese government said on Monday it was necessary to fix ties with Saudi Arabia after Riyadh last week suspended a $3 billion aid package to the Lebanese army, and tasked Prime Minister Tammam Salam with making contacts to that end.
Saudi Arabia suspended the aid in response to Beirut’s failure to condemn attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran. The Lebanese national unity government groups both allies and enemies of Saudi Arabia, including the Iranian-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah. Salam, speaking in a televised news conference, said the cabinet statement had been passed unanimously. In response to a question on the attacks last month, he said “we strongly condemn” the attack on the Saudi embassy.