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King Salman Avenue Inaugurated in Downtown Beirut

King Salman Avenue Inaugurated in Downtown Beirut

Tuesday, 3 April, 2018 - 08:15
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Municipality of Beirut held a ceremony on Tuesday to mark the inauguration of the King Salman Avenue in Downtown Beirut.

Named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who embodies peace and humanity, the avenue spans across 1.3 kilometers at a width of 45 meters.

Among the speakers at the inauguration were Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Saudi Charges d’Affaires Walid al-Bukhari, Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani and Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib.

Former Lebanese presidents, former prime ministers and religious representatives from all Lebanese sects and a number of lawmakers attended the event.

Tuesday’s ceremony is the latest development that reaffirmed the long-lasting relationship between Riyadh and Beirut.

The Kingdom reiterated its support for Hariri and the work he has carried out since assuming his role as the head of government.

The inauguration reflected the real image of Lebanon that is trying to distance itself from regional conflicts.

Around 7,000 balloons and a number of doves were released into the air during the ceremony. This was accompanied with a firework show against the backdrop of Downtown Beirut’s dazzling skyline.

The doves represent peace, which King Salman focuses on through the King Salman Center for International Peace and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The Kingdom remains a firm believer in Lebanon and looks forward to continuing its relationship with the Lebanese government and people, which dates back decades.

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