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Doha: Qatar has welcomed the election of Ghassan Hitto as head of the Syrian interim government.
An official source at the Foreign Ministry, in a statement yesterday, hailed the election of the head of the Syrian Interim government as an important step towards preparation for the transition, and legitimate political participation, especially after the issuance of the decision that gave Syria’s seat in the Arab League to the Syrian opposition. QNA
RIYADH: The Saudi authorities have arrested 18 suspected spies, including an Iranian and a Lebanese, on charges of espionage for a foreign country, the interior ministry said yesterday.
“Sixteen Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese were arrested in coordinated and simultaneous operations in four regions of the kingdom,” including the capital Riyadh and the holy city of Makkah, the ministry said in a statement.
The suspects, some of whom were arrested in Eastern Province where the kingdom’s Shia minority is concentrated, were working for a foreign country which it did not name, the statement added.
Their arrest was made after the ministry had “received information concerning the involvement of Saudis and expats in espionage on behalf of a another country,” said the statement carried by the official SPA news agency.