Riyadh — Saudi Arabia recalled its Ambassador to Lebanon for consultation and directed the Lebanese Ambassador to leave the Kingdom within 48 hours.
The Kingdom ordered the immediate ban on all Lebanese imports; Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.
The decision follows “the insulting statements” during an interview given by Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi before he became a minister.
Saudi Arabia has affirmed its keenness on the Lebanese citizens living in the Kingdom; “whom it considers part of the fabric and bond that unites the Saudi people; and their Arab brothers residing in the Kingdom.” the statement read.
The ministry added that it did not consider that what was said by Kordahi; reflected the opinions of the Lebanese community residing in the Kingdom.
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Saudi Arabia also said that the latest decision also stemmed from Beirut’s failure; to take the measures to stop the export of narcotics from Lebanon; “especially in light of the terrorist Hezbollah’s control of all ports.”
The ministry added. “The Saudi government regrets the outcome in its relations with the Lebanese Republic.” But; unfortunately, the Lebanese authorities are ignoring facts. Their continued failure to take corrective measures has led to the drop in relations; that the Kingdom has long been keen on based on the brotherly feelings and deep ties for the dear Lebanese people.
The statement added that “the terrorist group Hezbollah” has made Lebanon a platform and a launching pad for implementing projects for countries that do not wish the best for Lebanon.