In an interview with CNBC, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has determined that engaging with Lebanon “is no longer useful or profitable,”.
He emphasized that the issue is bigger than one minister’s words.
Following the words of Minister of Information George Kordahi, Prince Faisal bin Farhan reacted to a query regarding whether Saudi Arabia and Lebanon were in the midst of a diplomatic crisis, saying: “I don’t believe I’ll use the word “crisis” to characterize it.
“I believe we’ve concluded that engaging with Lebanon’s present administration is no longer constructive or useful,” he added.
“With Hezbollah’s ongoing control of the political scene, and what we see as this government’s and Lebanese political leaders’ continued abstention from implementing the necessary reforms and measures to push Lebanon toward real change,” he continued,
“We decided that communication is no longer fruitful or useful, and it is no longer in our interest,” he explained.
“The minister’s statements presented a reality, the fact that the political scene in Lebanon is still controlled by Hezbollah, which is a terrorist group,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said.
The Saudi foreign minister went on to say: “For us, it’s about more than one minister’s words. It’s a reflection of Lebanon’s current condition.”