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Bahrain’s International Ministry summons Lebanon’s ambassador over criticism of Saudi Arabia & UAE in Yemen battle

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry summons Lebanon’s ambassador over criticism of Saudi Arabia & UAE in Yemen conflict


Lebanon’s ambassador to Bahrain was summoned by the dominion’s International Affairs Ministry and handed a letter of protest over remarks made by a Lebanese minister concerning the function of the UAE and Saudi Arabia within the civil warfare in Yemen.

Lebanese Data Minister George Kordahi had mentioned in beforehand televised feedback that resurfaced on social media on Tuesday that the Houthi rebels in Yemen had been “defending themselves towards exterior aggression.” When requested if he was speaking concerning the actions of Saudi Arabia and UAE within the battle, he mentioned, “In fact. It’s an aggression.”

In an announcement printed on its web site on Wednesday, Bahrain’s International Ministry mentioned its letter had expressed “the Kingdom’s robust condemnation” of Kordahi’s “false allegations … relating to the course of the warfare in Yemen, that are denied by internationally documented information and proof.” 

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The ministry referred to the Houthis as terrorists who had carried out repeated assaults towards Saudi Arabia, including that Kordahi’s remarks concerning the battle had been “irresponsible statements that violated diplomatic norms.” Moreover, it mentioned, his feedback “ignored the rules and values that govern fraternal relations between Arab nations.”

The resurfaced feedback sparked fury within the Gulf states, with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE all summoning their respective Lebanese envoys to precise their outrage at Kordahi’s phrases. Yemeni Minister of International Affairs Ahmed bin Mubarak additionally issued a condemnation. 

Responding to the diplomatic furore, Kordahi mentioned his feedback had been private views expressed earlier than he had been appointed a minister, and denied that he bore any hostility in direction of different Arab states, including that he was “towards Arab-Arab wars.” 

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Yemen’s civil warfare started in 2014, after the Iran-backed Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa. The next yr, a Saudi-led coalition launched an intervention in assist of Yemeni authorities forces. Since then, in line with United Nations knowledge as of December 2020, the battle has claimed greater than 230,000 lives and resulted in a full-scale humanitarian disaster.

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