In the midst of the diplomatic crisis between Beirut and Riyadh, Lebanese officials are trying as best they can to appease Saudi Arabia’s anger, at a time when Lebanon is seeking funding from its partner. But it seems that Riyadh is trying to keep the pressure on.
Times are bad in Lebanon which is going through in addition to a major economic crisis and difficult to overcome without foreign aid, another crisis, this time diplomatic with Saudi Arabia which is expected to financially help the country to recover.
For the moment, these aids seem to be compromised because of an unprecedented anger from Riyadh, triggered after the remarks of the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi, who had criticized last August the military intervention of Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
The affair was not set to gain such momentum, given that George Kordahi’s remarks were made when he was not yet a minister and that he claimed that it was about his personal opinion and not the government’s position.
Lebanese officials, including Prime Minister Najib Mikati, have never ceased to try to reassure Riyadh of their good faith by multiplying their statements, but in Riyadh, the situation has tilted towards escalation, with the recall of the Beirut ambassador, and the expulsion of the Lebanese ambassador to Riyadh.
Riyadh’s anger was immediately followed by similar measures in the United Arab Emirates, the second country involved in the Arab coalition in Yemen directed against the Houthi rebels. Other Gulf countries have also applied the same sanctions, such as Bahrain and Kuwait.
According to sources consulted by MoroccoLatestNews in French who requested anonymity, the real problem between Riyadh and Beirut does not concern military action in Yemen but it is a combination of subversive actions directed against Riyadh by Lebanese parties. , referring to Hezbollah.
Ryad criticizes Lebanon for its inability to retain the influence of Hezbollah, the Shiite party financed and armed by Iran, a country which is an enemy of Riyadh. “Because of the actions carried out by Hezbollah against the interests of Saudi Arabia, all of Lebanon is being sanctioned. Saudi Arabia has had enough of tolerating this situation, ”we are told.
For the Saudi side, this would be a lesson addressed to Lebanon which relies largely on Saudi aid and petrodollars, especially since “relations between the two countries are no longer the same. Ryad under Mohamed Ben Salmane is going in another direction ”.
“The situation is not likely to improve as long as Hezbollah is influential. Saudi Arabia has nothing to lose unlike Lebanon ”, adds our source, recalling that Riyadh is supported by other Gulf countries, the traditional 4 allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, same who had isolated Qatar.