Press Syndicate delegation pays solidarity visit to Saudi Embassy

A delegation of the Lebanese Press Federation, led by Dean, Aouni al-Kaaki, on Wednesday visited the headquarters of Saudi Embassy IN Beirut, in solidarity with the Kingdom and in condemnation of the front-page editorial published in "Ad-Diyar" daily newspaper.

The delegation was greeted by Saudi Minister Plenipotentiary Charge d'Affaires Walid al-Bukhari, in the presence of UAE Ambassador to Lebanon, Saeed Hamad al-Shamsi, and Kuwait's Ambassador, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdel Aal al-Qinai.

Al-Kaaki condemned the editorial published in the Lebanese daily, noting that "it was a dark day in the history of the Lebanese press."

He expressed discontent of the Lebanese journalistic and press body in this regard, underlining that Lebanon is the country of liberties, culture, science and ethics.

Al-Kaaki apologized to all Saudi officials, and to the Saudi ambassador, recalling that Lebanese officials have deplored what took place.

For his part, Kuwaiti ambassador al-Qinai said that journalist Charles Ayoub did not take into account the national interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese people, stressing that the information sector delivers the constructive message of ethics, with its prime mission to bring people and countries closer together.

Bukhari, for his part, highly appreciated the solidarity visit by the Lebanese media delegation, who represent the principles of moderation and moral values.

The Saudi diplomat said what happened did not reflect Lebanon's press ethics, neither in content nor in message.

He said he has received several contacts from reporters who do not share the views of Saudi Arabia, yet

they voiced solidarity with the Kingdom.

Bukhari also thanked the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, who in his words, personally followed up on the case and instructed the Minister of Justice to take immediate legal action in this regard.

Bukhari also thanked the positions of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt, Information Minister Melhem Riachy, and all officials who deplored such a conduct.

Bukhari announced that diplomatic measures will be taken against the daily, noting that his Country will not allow any irresponsible media to disrupt relations between Lebanon and the kingdom, which is keen on the security, stability and prosperity of Lebanon.

The UAE ambassador Al-Shamsi stressed the paramount need for necessary legal measures to deter such abuses.

Source: National News Agency