Lebanese minister who criticized Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen resigns to end feud with Riyadh – .

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Lebanese minister who criticized Saudi Arabia’s role in Yemen resigns to end feud with Riyadh – .


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                Le ministre libanais de l'Information a démissionné vendredi, affirmant qu'il mettait la nation avant son intérêt personnel alors qu'il cherchait à mettre fin à une querelle diplomatique avec l'Arabie saoudite déclenchée par ses commentaires.  Cela précède la visite du président français Emmanuel Macron à Riyad le même jour, car Macron a déclaré qu'il espérait que ses entretiens avec le prince héritier saoudien Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) aideraient à résoudre le différend.                </p><div>

                <p>George Kordahi a déclaré qu'il avait démissionné avant que le président français ne se rende à Riyad dans l'espoir qu'Emmanuel Macron contribuerait à atténuer la crise déclenchée par les remarques critiques de l'animateur de télévision libanaise devenu homme politique sur le rôle de l'Arabie saoudite dans la guerre au Yémen.

Macron confirmed that this was his objective upstream of the discussions with MBS: “We will see at the end of this trip – and I remain cautious – but my wish is both economic and political, to be able to re-engage all the Gulf countries. in the relationship with Lebanon, to help them get out of it, ”he said in Dubai.

“I hope the next few hours allow us to move forward,” Macron continued, adding that he hoped this would allow Prime Minister Najib Mikati to summon his government and continue stalled economic reform efforts.

Saudi Arabia expelled Lebanon’s envoy to the kingdom, recalled its ambassador to Beirut, and banned Lebanese imports after Kordahi’s comments which Riyadh said were a symptom of the larger issue of Hezbollah’s grip backed by Hezbollah. Iran over Lebanon.

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran have long fought for influence in the region, including in Lebanon, which is grappling with a deep economic crisis and in desperate need of financial support from regional and international donors.

Other Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, have followed Saudi Arabia’s lead with similar measures against Lebanon.

Kordahi, a Christian whose Marada party is backed by Hezbollah, refused to resign in the weeks that followed even as Prime Minister Najib Mikati asked him to put “the national interest” first.

His resignation was also aimed at preventing any punitive action against the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese living in the Arab Gulf states, he said.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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