Al Arabiya channel closes its Beirut offices

Al Arabiya and Al Arabiya Al Hadath live TV closed down their offices in Beirut, Riyad el Soloh.

The channel notified its employees today through the HR manager and its [Al Arabiya] attorney in Beirut.

Our correspondent said that the reasons behind this closure were related to security issues.

Preparations began to pay the employees all dismissal condemnations.

Minister of Information Ramzi Jreij expressed regrets over this incident and wondered "whether this decision was a result to the tensed Lebanese-Saudi Arabian ties?"

The crisis of relations must be surpassed, Jreij said and deemed it necessary to have PM Tammam Salam tackle this issue with the Saudi King, during Turkey's upcoming conference.

Source: National News Agency