After KSA also Bahrain expels Lebanese ambassador
Bahrain– After Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of Lebanon has 48 hours to leave Bahrain. The borders have been closed to all imports from the country of the cedars. The latest effect of the crisis is triggered by statements by Beirut’s Information Minister, George Kordahi. In an interview recorded in August and broadcast on October 26, the current representative of the Beirut government described the war in Yemen as aggression by Saudi Arabia.
A position immediately contested by Riyadh, which in retaliation ordered the blocking of imports from Lebanon, banned its citizens from traveling to Lebanon, and recalled its ambassador from Beirut. To ease the tension, the Lebanese premier has asked the Minister of Information to take the “right decision,” effectively inviting him to resign.
Kordahi – close to the Christian movement Marada, an ally of the militant group Hezbollah – had made statements on Yemen during a television program before being chosen for government in September.
“The Lebanese minister’s remarks reflect inadequate understanding and superficial reading,” the Gulf Cooperation Council countries said in a statement released on Twitter, according to which Kordahi “ignored” attempts by Shia Houthi rebels to obstruct proposed solutions to the war in Yemen. “The information minister of Lebanon should apologize, and the Lebanese state should clarify his position,” the Council added in its statement.
Mikati expressed sorrow for the Saudi move and requested the kingdom to review its decision. Mikati added that his government “categorically rejects” anything that harms the “deep brotherly relations” with Saudi Arabia. Kordahi commented on a TV program before he was chosen for the post in September. Kordahi is close to the Christian Marada Movement, an ally of the terrorist Hezbollah group.
Kordahi held a news conference in Beirut earlier this week, refusing to apologize for the interview, which he said was transmitted on Aug. 5. He added that he respects the government’s policy of not exposing his opinion since becoming a minister.
“We should not continue to be subjected to blackmail in Lebanon by anyone whether they are countries, ambassadors, or individuals,” Kordahi said, adding that he has no plans to resign from the post over his comments. Riyadh says Hezbollah is helping Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Both Hezbollah and the Houthis are backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and consider themselves part of the self-proclaimed axis of resistance that includes the Syrian regime and powerful Shiite militias in Iraq.