Prime Minister Saad Hariri's media bureau indicated in a statement Saturday that: "Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri praised the great advancement and the developmental achievements of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in various fields, and the policy of openness and modernity adopted by the Saudi leadership to head towards the future and provide the means of a decent living to its people.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on the occasion of the Saudi National Day, Hariri said: "The Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, has succeeded to continue providing the means of progress and needs to the Saudi people while at the same time facing a series of internal and external threats. It succeeded in confronting them and immunizing the Kingdom against these threats and maintaining its effective leading role in the region and the world."
He added: "The wise policy adopted by the Kingdom's leadership in dealing with the crises and events plaguing many Arab countries for years, and the strong and effective actions, have undoubtedly had a decisive impact in facing the destructive scourge of terrorism and contributed to eliminating it and folding many attempts to tamper with the security and stability of the Kingdom. It also helped to uncover many plans and attempts to target the security and stability of societies and countries abroad. It also moved rapidly and effectively to counter the malicious schemes, face the coup against legitimacy in Yemen and eliminate all activities directly supported by Iran to target the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
Hariri said that "the economic plans and visions adopted by the Kingdom's leadership to diversify the sources of economic income and develop the regions and its opening up and giving women greater participation in public life, are all important positive factors that contribute to the advancement of the society and economy for the better and to keep up with modernity and respond to the aspirations of the Saudi people to progress and head to the future at a steady and promising pace.
On this occasion, Lebanon recalls that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stood by the Lebanese people and supported it in all the crises and Israeli aggressions over the past decades. It also extended a generous helping hand, whether by hosting the Taif Agreement that ended the civil war or by providing material and moral support to confront and overcome the effects and repercussions of the repeated Israeli aggressions on it over the past decades".
Hariri concluded: "On the occasion of the Saudi National Day, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia. I ask God Almighty to grant the Kingdom, its leadership and people, more progress and prosperity."
Source: National News Agency