Source: Neno's Place

On Tuesday, the municipality of Beirut held an official ceremony to mark the inauguration of the "King Salman Avenue" - a 1.3-kilometer street named after Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

The street is located in Downtown Beirut, stretching from the Four Seasons Hotel to the Zaitunay Bay area.

"Saudi Arabia has always been and will always be keen on Lebanon's safety, security, stability and national unity," said Walid al-Bukhari, the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, according to Naharnet. 

"We laud the efforts of President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Saad Hariri in consolidating the pillars of peace despite the difficulties," he added.

Walid al-Bukhari, Saudi ambassador to Lebanon Source: Twitter/AMAN_Alliance

"Between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia there is an unbreakable history"

Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.

 "This is a clear message that the Arabism of Lebanon overcomes all other loyalties," Hariri said.

"Between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia there is an unbreakable history, no matter how hard they try."

According to Gulf News, not all Lebanese parties and media praised the decision. The Lebanese daily Al Akhbar referred to the inauguration as an "insult" to the country.

In addition, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) of President Michel Aoun re-ran the editorial from Al Akhbar with a title: "The streets of Beirut on public auction."

Not the first street in Lebanon

In 2017, a boulevard was also named after Saudi's King Salman and opened in the city of Tripoli. The boulevard stretches 1,092 meters long and is 26 meters wide.

In 2005, Beirut's municipality named Beirut's new seaside corniche after late Saudi King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz.