Posted in: 01/11/2021 – 06:55
The Saudi Foreign Minister considered during a television interview on Sunday evening that “there is no point” in dealing with Lebanon in light of the continued “dominance of Iran’s proxies,” in reference to Hezbollah, in his comment on the repercussions of the statements of the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Qardahi, last Monday about the Yemen war. Riyadh and the Gulf states were angry and led to their withdrawal of their ambassador and the expulsion of the Lebanese ambassador.
On Sunday, the Saudi foreign minister said there was “no point” in dealing with Lebanon In light of the continued “dominance of Iran’s proxies” over this Arab country, in reference to Hezbollah, in response to statements by a Lebanese minister regarding the Yemen war that angered Riyadh.
On Friday, Saudi Arabia summoned its ambassador to Beirut and asked the Lebanese ambassador to leave Riyadh, and decided to stop all Lebanese imports to it because of the statements. Bahrain decided to do the same, then Kuwait joined them on Saturday, before the UAE decided to withdraw its diplomats and prevent its citizens from traveling to Lebanon.
“There is no crisis between us and Lebanon,” Saudi Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said in an interview broadcast by Al Arabiya channel on Sunday evening, adding, “But there is a crisis in Lebanon with the domination of Iran’s agents on the scene, and this is what worries us and what makes dealing with Lebanon not useful for the Kingdom. I don’t think for the Gulf countries.” He continued, “I do not want to reduce the issue to the statements of a specific person. The problem is greater than that. The problem in Lebanon is the continued dominance of Hezbollah over the political system.”
Bin Farhan added, “The truth is that Lebanon deserves a lot and is capable of achieving a lot if its leaders turn to Lebanon’s interest by making the personal interest or the interests of other countries such as empowering Hezbollah in all aspects of the state.” The Saudi diplomat added, “The important thing now is for the leaders in Lebanon to wake up and to search for a way out that returns Lebanon to its position in the Arab world.” He explained that the matter “requires reform and a comprehensive review. The truth is the matter is in the hands of the Lebanese, and they must decide what is in the interest of their country, and this will solve all problems.”
In a television interview broadcast last Monday, Information Minister George Kordahi described the war in Yemen as “absurd.” He said the Houthis were “defending themselves” in the face of “external aggression” from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The Lebanese government expressed its “rejection” of Qardahi’s statements, noting that he “does not express the government’s position at all,” but the minister refused to back down.
For its part, the UAE called on Sunday its citizens in Lebanon to leave “as soon as possible.” In a statement on its website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “in view of the current events”, it called on “all its citizens present in Lebanon to return to the UAE as soon as possible.” It indicated that it had taken “all necessary measures to facilitate the return of its citizens from Lebanon,” stressing its readiness “to harness all capabilities to help any citizen in Lebanon… to return to the UAE.”
The diplomatic crisis comes as the Lebanese government is working to rearrange its political relations with the Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, and is counting on its financial support in the next stage to contribute to getting the country out of its worst economic crisis.
There has been a chill between the Lebanese authorities and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for years, with Riyadh accusing Lebanese officials of not confronting Hezbollah, after Saudi Arabia was one of Lebanon’s most prominent political and financial supporters, before its support gradually declined, resenting the role of Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, its regional rival. Most notable.