Aoun Heads to Qatar after Concluding Visit to Saudi Arabia

President Michel Aoun and his accompanying delegation, concluded a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and flew to Qatar on Wednesday as part of the President’s Arab tour and to meet the invitation of Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the National News Agency reported.

They will wrap a two-day visit to Qatar for talks with senior officials.

Aoun arrived in Riyadh on Monday night with a delegation of ministers.

It is his first trip to the kingdom since his election in November ended a two-year presidential vaccum.

The ministers of foreign affairs, education, finance and information who were accompanying Aoun, met with their Saudi counterparts “to find some fields of cooperation.”

Aoun and King Salman bin Abdul Aziz agreed to hold talks on restoring a $3-billion military aid package, opening a “new page” in relations, a Lebanese official source had said.

“The blockage is lifted,” said the official in the delegation of Aoun, who held talks over lunch with King Salman in the Saudi capital.

In February, the kingdom halted the $3-billion (2.8-billion-euro) military aid package to Lebanon to protest what it said was “the stranglehold of Hizbullah on the state”.

The program would see Riyadh fund the transfer of vehicles, helicopters, drones, cannons and other military equipment from France, which has been seeking to boost arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.