The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the Lebanese ambassador to Bahrain has been summoned to leave the country within 48 hours.
According to the Bahraini Foreign Ministry, the decision was made “in light of a series of inappropriate and insulting remarks and postures adopted by Lebanese leaders in recent times,” according to the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
“This decision has no bearing on the Lebanese brothers residing in the kingdom,” the ministry noted.
Bahrain’s decision comes after Saudi Arabia stated that it had summoned its ambassador in Beirut for talks, as well as giving the Lebanese envoy in Riyadh 48 hours to leave the country, thereby stoking tensions between the two countries and halted all Lebanese imports.
Recorded words by George Kordahi, the Lebanese Minister of Information, concerning the situation in Yemen generated a stir a few days ago, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE deemed them “offensive.”
“I did not commit a mistake against anyone,” Qardahi said earlier, refusing to apologize for his remarks.
In the meantime, the Lebanese government has declared the establishment of a “crisis cell” to deal with the issue with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. Prime Minister Najib Mikati “contacted Minister of Information George Kordahi on Friday evening and instructed him to examine the national interest and take the proper choice to change Lebanon’s Arab ties,” according to a government statement.