The Minister of Information triggered a diplomatic quarrel after criticizing the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen.
Beirut, Lebanon – Information Minister George Kordahi criticizes Saudi-led military operations in Yemen against Houthi insurgents Trigger a diplomatic crisis, Has announced his resignation because Lebanon, which is short of funds, is trying to resolve weeks-long quarrels.
“I will not accept being used as a reason to hurt Lebanon and our Lebanese brothers in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries,” Kodashi said at a press conference on Friday.
“The interests of my country, my people, and supporters are higher than my personal interests. Lebanon is more important than George Kodashi, and Lebanon’s interests are more important than the role of minister.”
Kordasi said that Prime Minister Najib Mikati told him earlier this week that his resignation would be for French President Emmanuel Macron and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss diplomacy in Riyadh. The crisis is a prerequisite for easing the tension between Lebanon and the Kingdom.
Macron started his Gulf tour on Friday. He will visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Kodahi took office less than three months and was appointed as part of the Mikati government, whose mission is to stabilize Lebanon’s growing economic collapse.
In October, a video of his interview a month before his appointment began to surface on the Internet. He said that the Houthis allied with Iran were “protecting themselves… against external aggression” in Yemen. Kordasi also said that this protracted conflict was “in vain” and called for an end.
Several Gulf countries responded quickly to Kodahi’s comments. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain, like Yemen, have recalled their envoys from Beirut and expelled the Lebanese ambassador. Bahrain and the UAE also called on their citizens to leave Lebanon.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia bans all Lebanese from importing into the Kingdom, further escalating the indefinite ban on all Lebanese agricultural products and agricultural products that was imposed in April, which previously prevented 5.3 million captagon captagons hidden in a consignment. Smuggling attempt. Pomegranate in the port of Jeddah.
Lebanese industrialists who regularly export to Saudi Arabia told Al Jazeera that the move further hit their business and urged the Lebanese authorities to resolve diplomatic disputes.
Kodahi said at a press conference of the Ministry of Information in the capital Beirut: “I never intended to insult anyone for my comments on the war in Yemen.”
The resigned Minister of Information also condemned the “deliberate and indiscriminate campaigns” against him by several Lebanese political leaders and the media, which he said distorted his comments. “They portrayed what I said as a crime against Saudi Arabia,” Kodashi said.
The former celebrity host has repeatedly refused to step down.
Micati implicitly asked him to resign last month. “I call on the Minister of Information to heed his own conscience, take the position that should be taken, and give priority to national interests,” the prime minister said in his speech.
During his visit to Lebanon, Assistant Secretary-General Husam Zaki of the League of Arab States said that Kodashi’s resignation was “a bit on the table” and believed that if he resigned immediately, this issue would be resolved.
But the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and Koldahi’s Malada Movement supported him. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah criticized Saudi Arabia for violating Lebanese sovereignty and trying to provoke conflict in the country.