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22:45  18 may  2021
22:45  18 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Lebanon-Crisis-Gulf: Lebanon seeks to avoid a crisis with the Gulf after Minister

LE LIBAN CHERCHE À ÉVITER UNE CRISE AVEC LE GOLFE APRÈS LES PROPOS D'UN MINISTRE © Reuters / Dalati Nohra Lebanon seeks to avoid a crisis with the Gulf after Minister

Beirut (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Tuesday that the critical comments made by his Foreign Minister about the Gulf Nations reflected Not the official Beirut policy, seeking to avoid additional tensions with allied and donor countries.

entangled in its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war, Lebanon has lost the valuable financial support of the Sunni Gulf countries, which are increasingly annoyed by the growing influence in Lebanon of Hezbollah Shiite supported by Iran - their great regional rival.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday Gulf Arab countries were planning no action against Lebanon after a political crisis last month thrust it onto the front line of rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Hariri has been a political ally of Saudi Arabia but his coalition government His remarks on Thursday seemed aimed at reassuring that no such action was in the cards. "This is not going to happen. I assure you we have the best relationship with Saudi Arabia, we have a very good relationship with the UAE, and most of the Gulf ," he said at a business conference.

It should seek to avoid the negative repercussions of regional tensions and crises in order to preserve its own paramount interest, national unity and civil peace, except where the matter concerns resolutions of international legitimacy, Arab consensus or the rightful Palestinian cause, including the right of This particularity of Lebanon was highlighted by the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, on his recent visit to Lebanon and in his meetings with the Lebanese officials. However, this does not mean allowing some Lebanese actors to exploit this particularity to destabilize the security

The tensions were revived Monday by the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charbel Wehbe, who seemed to blame the Gulf countries for the rise of the Islamic State (EI) group in Iraq and Syria. "These countries of love, friendship and fraternity brought us the Islamic state," he said in a television interview, without name the countries.

While Charbel Wehbe assured Tuesday that his words had been misinterpreted, Michel Aoun, also allied Hezbollah, said the statements of the Leader of Lebanese diplomacy were of his "personal opinion". He greeted Lebanon's "fraternal" links with the Gulf.

The Gulf Cooperation Council, composed of six countries, asked Charbel Wehbe to formally apologize.

Saudi Arabia convened Lebanon's ambassador to transmit a note describing the "insults" of Charbel Wehbe.

Like Saad Hariri, which tries to form a government, Lebanese politicians also criticized the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"It is as if the crisis in which the country is plunging and the boycott of which he suffers were not sufficient," said the designated Prime Minister, stressing the vital nature of the support of Arab countries.

(Laila Bassam and Maha el Dahan, French version Jean Terzian, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brush)

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