Lebanon’s foreign minister quits over anti-Saudi remarks

20th May, 2021

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LEBANESE Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe (right)) presenting his resignation to President Michel Aoun at the Baabda presidential palace.—AFP


BEIRUT: Lebanon foreign minister Charbel Wehbe stepped down on Wednesday and was swiftly replaced after comments he made irked Saudi Arabia, as cash-strapped Beirut scrambles to avoid a diplomatic fallout with the wealthy Gulf state. Wehbe said in a televised debate on Monday that the Islamic State (IS) group’s rise in the region had been engineered by Gulf states, prompting Lebanese ambassadors in several countries to be summoned.

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