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Gulf countries trying to restore relations with Lebanon

A diplomatic crisis broke out between Saudi Arabia and its allies, Lebanon, after comments by then-minister George Kordahi criticizing Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen were aired.

Kuwait had previously recalled the ambassador from Beirut and requested that Beirut’s Chargé d’Affaires leave the emirate. (Reuters)

During his visit, Kuwait’s foreign minister said the Gulf Arab countries were trying to repair the conflict with Lebanon. This is due to the first high-ranking Gulf official since the eruption of spats last year.

“This visit is one of a variety of international efforts to regain confidence in Lebanon,” said Sheikh Ahmed Nacelle after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the start of the two-day trip. -Foreign Minister Al Mohammed Al Saba said on Saturday.

“We are now taking steps to build trust … this won’t happen overnight,” he told reporters, a “practice” that could strengthen relations with Lebanese authorities. He requested that “target and concrete measures” be taken.

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In October, Saudi Arabia and its allies suspended diplomatic relations with Lebanon after then-Minister of Intelligence George Kordahi broadcast comments criticizing Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

Kuwait recalled the ambassador from Beirut and asked Beirut’s Chargé d’Affaires to leave the emirate.

Lebanon said that if it wanted to improve relations, it would “generally avoid interfering with the internal affairs of Arab countries, but not particularly interfering with the internal affairs of the Gulf, as a starting point for verbal or actual attacks. It shouldn’t be, “said Sheikh Ahmed.

Last month, Kurdahi resigned to ease standoffs, and French President Emmanuel Macron said Paris and Riyadh had agreed to be fully involved in restoring diplomatic relations.

The Gulf Conflict has exacerbated Lebanon’s already dire economic situation. Lebanon is on the verge of a financial crisis branded by the World Bank as one of the worst on the planet today.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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