Lebanese information minister confirms he will resign

Lebanese information minister confirms he will resign on friday
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02 December, 2021
Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi confirmed he will resign, a move it is hoped will ease tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia following Kordahi's comments over the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Critical comments by Kordahi on the Saudi-led war in Yemen lead to a row between Lebanon and Gulf countries [source: Getty]

Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi confirmed to Lebanon's MTV on Friday that he will announce his resignation today at 1 p.m. local time (1100 GMT).

He also said to the local television that his resignation may ease the crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

He said "since the first day (of the crisis) I said that if my resignation helps, I am ready for it", according to MTV.

Sources said on Thursday that Kordahi is expected to announce his resignation on Friday to pave the way for a possible resolution of a diplomatic spat between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia sparked by comments he made.

Critical comments by Kordahi on the Saudi-led war in Yemen led Saudi Arabia in late October to expel Lebanon's envoy to the kingdom, recall its ambassador and ban all imports from Lebanon, dealing a new blow to the country's ailing economy.

Other Gulf states that are historical allies of Lebanon, including the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, took similar punitive diplomatic measures.