The former Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Abdulaziz Khoja, revealed the amount of aid the Kingdom has provided to Lebanon since the 1990s.
During his meeting on the “Mubasher Question” program on Al-Arabiya channel, Khoja explained that the Kingdom has provided more than 72 billion dollars since 1990 in the form of various aids to Lebanon.
He pointed out that the Kingdom provided great assistance to the Central Bank of Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel, in addition to the Kingdom’s role in the reconstruction of the areas that were destroyed during that war.
He reviewed some of the assistance provided by Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, including the restoration of more than 36,000 homes in southern Lebanon, at a value of 550 million dollars, and the establishment of a deposit of 100 million dollars in the Central Bank of Lebanon.
Khoja, who served as ambassador to Lebanon during that war, indicated that the kingdom borne the tuition fees for Lebanese students this year, in addition to its leadership of a donation campaign that raised $105 million in 2006.
In the past days, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait announced the withdrawal of their ambassadors from Beirut, and Riyadh banned all Lebanese imports, in protest against the statements of the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Qardahi, about the ongoing war in Yemen for nearly seven years.
Qardahi said that the Houthis are defending themselves against aggression from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and that the war in Yemen is a futile war.
Source: RT+ Arabic
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