Report: Saudi Sends Envoys to Beirut to Congratulate Aoun on Election

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, sits at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Lebanon's parliament on Monday elected Michel Aoun, an 81-year-old former army commander and strong ally of the militant group Hezbollah, as the country's president, ending a more than two-year vacuum in the top post and a political crisis that brought state institutions perilously close to collapse. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Two Saudi envoys dispatched by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz are expected to arrive in Beirut early next week to congratulate President Michel Aoun on his election, media reports said Saturday.

Prince Khaled al-Faysal accompanied by State Minister for Gulf Affairs Khaled al-Sabhan are to represent the king.

The envoys will meet with Speaker Nabih Berri, Caretaker Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri for discussions.

The delegation is also expected to convey a message of support for Lebanon.

Reports have circulated that the Saudi delegation will present a formal invitation to Aoun to visit the Kingdom.

Aoun’s election on October 31 ended a presidential vacuum that lasted for around two and a half years.