The Saudi Foreign Ministry confirmed that it had summoned Beirut’s ambassador to the Kingdom in protest against the controversial statements made by the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued today, Wednesday, that it had handed the Lebanese ambassador to Riyadh Fawzi Kabbara an official protest note against Qardahi’s statements, which it described as offensive to the efforts of the Arab coalition led by the Kingdom in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized government.
In the statement, the ministry expressed Saudi Arabia’s regret over the “offenses towards the Kingdom and the coalition countries” that these statements include, holding Qardahi responsible for clearly biased towards the Yemeni “Ansar Allah” (Houthis) group, which “threatens the security and stability of the region.”
The ministry stressed that these statements “contradict the simplest political norms and are inconsistent with the historical relations between the two brotherly peoples,” adding that the ambassador’s summons came “in view of the repercussions that these offensive statements may have on the relations between the two countries.”
Earlier in the day, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry summoned the Lebanese Chargé d’Affairs to protest against Qardahi’s statements, which sparked widespread controversy, by saying that Saudi Arabia and the UAE “attack the Yemeni people” and that the Houthis “are practicing self-defense.”