Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said that the Kingdom does not intend to deal with the Lebanese government at present, amid a deep dispute between the two countries, reiterating the call of the political class in Lebanon to end the “hegemony” of Hezbollah, which is allied with Iran.
Lebanon is facing the worst diplomatic crisis ever with the Gulf states, due to statements made by Information Minister George Kordahi a month before he took office. In these statements, Qardahi said that the Houthis in Yemen are defending themselves against “the aggressions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
Riyadh responded by expelling Lebanon’s ambassador, summoning its envoy, and banning all imports from Lebanon, and Gulf states took measures against Lebanon.
In an interview with France24, the Saudi foreign minister said, “We do not see any benefit in communicating with the Lebanese government at this point in time.”
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In the same context, the Maronite Patriarch in Lebanon, Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, said – today, Sunday – that no party has the right to impose its will on all the Lebanese, strike the relationship with the Gulf states, disrupt the work of the government, paralyze the role of the judiciary, and create an atmosphere of threat and threat in society, without naming the intended team.
On October 13, the cabinet session, which was scheduled at the time, was postponed due to the crisis that followed the broadcast of Qardahi’s statements.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati had called on George Qardahi to “give priority to the interests” and enable Beirut to address the crisis with Riyadh.
Many Lebanese politicians also demanded the resignation of the Minister of Information, who in return receives political support from Hezbollah and the Amal movement.
Two days ago, Qardahi said that he is not committed to any ministerial position, and that he is not in a position of defiance with Prime Minister Najib Mikati or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which he stressed respect.
In response to a question about the possibility of him submitting his resignation, Qardahi said that he is ready to study the issue if he receives guarantees that the situation will return to the way it was before the recent crisis.