Sally Faulkner says embassy denied access
AUSTRALIAN embassy staff in Beirut have been denied physical access to two Brisbane children by their Lebanese father, the mother claims.
Sally Faulkner's two children, Lahela and Noah, were taken to Lebanon by her estranged husband Ali Elamine in 2015 and never returned.
Posting on Instagram Ms Faulkner yesterday said embassy staff had managed to conduct a welfare check on her children, aged five and seven, but were refused physical access.
"I managed to find out that Lahela has been accepted into the honours program at her school for gifted and intelligent children," she said.
"I hope this is a sign she will be wise enough to understand sooner rather than later the extent of how hard I've tried/trying and how loved she is."
The case shot to prominence in 2016 when Ms Faulkner and Nine's 60 Minutes were involved in a botched attempt to retrieve the children on the streets of Beirut.
Ms Faulkner, the 60 Minutes crew, including star reporter Tara Brown, along with the child recovery team were detained before being released over the coming weeks and months.
Mr Elamine has said previously that he has only ever been focussed on the children's wellbeing.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman yesterday said they were unable to comment on Ms Faulkner's claims due to privacy.