Lebanon PM urges minister to 'put patriotic sense above all'

Lebanon PM urges minister to 'put patriotic sense above all' to defuse crisis with Saudi Arabia: TV
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01 November, 2021
The Lebanese premier has urged a minister to 'put patriotic sense above all', in what some say is an indirect message for him to resign amid an unprecedented diplomatic row with the Gulf
Mikati's message was considered an indirect message to Kordahi to resign [Getty]

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has urged Information Minister George Kordahi to "put his patriotic sense above all else" to defuse a crisis with Saudi Arabia, Beirut-based Al Mayadeen TV channel cited him as saying on Monday.

Some local analysts have said this means Mikati is asking from Kordahi to resign from the cabinet.

Lebanese TV channel Al Jadeed cited Kordahi as saying on Sunday that resigning from the Mikati government was out of the question.

Riyadh on Friday expelled Lebanon's envoy and banned all Lebanese imports, in protest at comments made by Kordahi critical of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Bahrain and Kuwait followed suit while the United Arab Emirates withdrew its diplomats from Beirut.