Lebanese FM’s remarks infuriate Saudi Arabia

19th May, 2021

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Lebanon’s outgoing foreign minister Charbel Wehbe stoked fresh tensions on Monday when he suggested during a televised debate that Gulf states were behind the rise of the extremist group in Iraq and Syria. — Reuters

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday summoned Leba­non’s ambassador to the kingdom to protest “insulting” remarks by his country’s foreign minister, who appeared to blame Gulf states for the rise of the militant Islamic State group. Saudi Arabia seems to have taken a step back from its former ally, angered by the influence of Hezbollah, which is backed by Riyadh’s rival Tehran.

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