Saudi Arabia expels Lebanese ambassador, cuts imports over comments on Yemen war

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Saudi Arabia on Friday ordered the Lebanese ambassador to the kingdom to leave the country within 48 hours and stopped all imports from Lebanon, in response to comments by a Lebanese minister who described the war in Yemen as “aggression.” Saudi.

Saudi state media added that the kingdom’s ambassador in Beirut was also asked to return home.

The move came days after a video circulated on social media in which Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi described the war in Yemen as an aggression by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Kordahi made the comments on a television show before being chosen for the job in September.

He is close to the Christian Marada Movement, a close ally of the Hezbollah terror group.

Saudi Arabia lists the powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015, a year after the country entered a civil war.

Yemeni security forces and rescue teams gather around the skeleton of a burned car after an explosion that hit the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on October 10, 2021 (Saleh Al-OBEIDI / AFP).

The war has largely deteriorated to a standstill, causing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Relations between Riyadh and Beirut have been strained in recent months over what the kingdom says is Hezbollah’s control of Lebanon.

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