Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib deplored Saudi roughness in dealing with Lebanon.
In an interview with a Lebanese local channel, Bou Habib said the Saudi roughness “can’t be understood.”
He stated that problems between countries can be solved through dialogue before severing ties, noting that Riyadh didn’t adopt such policy in dealing with Lebanon.
The Lebanese FM said there has been no disagreements between Lebanon and Gulf states, noting that diplomatic representation was still ongoing with Oman and Qatar.
“The Lebanese ambassador is still in UAE,” Bou Hbaib added.
Meanwhile, the top Lebanese diplomat stressed that the Lebanese Government is still operating, adding that he was informed by President Michel Aoun and PM Najib Mikati that there has been international support for the Government to persist.
Saudi Arabia has been leading attempts to press Lebanese government to resign over remarks made by Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi on the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
In an Al Jazeera-affiliated youth show last August, Kordahi was asked the difference between the Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah and the Yemeni Houthis. The information minister said Houthis defending themselves against Saudi and Emirati aggression on their country.
Kordahi defended his comments, saying he voiced his personal views before being appointed as an information minister.
In addition to the pressures on the Lebanese Government, Riyadh has expelled the Lebanese envoy and recalled its ambassador. The Kingdom has also imposed a blanket ban on all imported goods from Lebanon.
Source: Al-Manar English Website