Saudi Arabia Orders Lebanese Ambassador to Leave Riyadh, Recalls its Ambassador from Lebanon

Saudi Arabia on Friday recalled its ambassador in Lebanon and asked the Lebanese Ambassador to leave Riyadh within 48 hours over.

Saudi Arabia also ceased all imports from Lebanon, however it reaffirms its keenness on the interests of Lebanese expatriates in the Kingdom.

In a statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kingdom expressed its regret over the deterioration in the Saudi-Lebanese relations due to the ignorance showed by its authorities.

“Out of its concern for the citizens’ safety in light of the increasing instability of the security situation in Lebanon, the Kingdom’s government reiterates what was previously issued regarding banning citizens from traveling to Lebanon.” The statement said.

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 TV program before he was assigned for the post in September.

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