Following Saudi Arabia, Bahrain Expels Lebanese Ambassador

Hours after Saudi Arabia recalled, late on Friday, its ambassador in Lebanon and asked the Lebanese Ambassador to leave Riyadh within 48 hours over, Bahrain ordered the Lebanese ambassador to leave the country.

The Bahraini foreign ministry demanded the Lebanese ambassador leave the kingdom within 48 hours.

The decision was taken “against the background of a series of unacceptable and offensive statements issued by Lebanese officials recently,” the ministry said in a statement.

“This decision does not affect the Lebanese residents in the kingdom,” it added.

Earlier the same day, Saudi Arabia 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.

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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