George Kordahi holds a press conference in Beirut on Friday to announce his resignation. AFP
George Kordahi said he had quit before the French president visited Riyadh in the hope Emmanuel Macron would help ease the crisis sparked by the Lebanese TV host-turned-politician's critical remarks about Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen war.
Saudi Arabia expelled Lebanon's envoy to the kingdom, recalled its ambassador to Beirut and banned Lebanese imports after Kordahi's comments which Riyadh said were a symptom of the wider issue of Iran-backed Hizbollah's grip on Lebanon.
Other Gulf states, including the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait, followed Saudi Arabia's lead with similar measures against Lebanon.
Kordahi, a Christian whose Marada party is backed by Hizbollah, had refused to resign in the weeks afterwards even as Prime Minister Najib Mikati asked him to put "national interest" first.
"I understood from Mikati ... that the French want my resignation to take place ahead of his (Macron's) visit," Kordahi told a news conference, saying he believed Mikati had assurances that Macron would discuss Lebanon's ties with Riyadh.
"I refuse to be used as a reason to harm Lebanon and my fellow Lebanese in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries," he said, adding he wanted to prevent any punitive action against the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese living in Gulf Arab states.Agencies
Haddad confirmed through a video clip on her Instagram story that the new song will be in the Saudi dialect, composed by singer and composer Fayez Al-Saeed, and distributed by Hussam Kamel.
Charbel Wehbe, who is a minister in Lebanon's caretaker government, stoked tensions with remarks on Monday that suggested Gulf states had supported the rise of Daesh and other disparaging comments.
The UAE has strongly decried the derogatory and racist statements made by caretaker Lebanese Foreign Minister, Charbel Wehbe, against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Co-operation Council States.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of these disgraceful and biased statements made by George Kordahi, Minister of Information of the Lebanon, which offended the countries of the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen.
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