Kuwait Expels Lebanese Ambassador As Diplomatic Spat Over Yemen War Deepens
Kuwait gave Lebanon’s ambassador 48 hours to leave the emirate on Saturday, a day after Saudi Arabia made a similar move over a minister’s comments about its war in Yemen.
The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the decision came due to “Lebanon’s insistence on making negative statements.”
Foreign Ministry’s demand to leave the Lebanese ambassador comes after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a similar decision Friday evening, summoning its ambassador to Lebanon for consultations, and giving the Lebanese ambassador 48 hours to leave its lands.
The Saudi government also decided on Friday to stop all Lebanese imports into the Kingdom.
The crisis erupted after a television interview with George Kurdahi was published, which was recorded before he assumed his post as Minister of Information in Lebanon, in which he said that the Yemeni Ansarullah movement “has been defending itself in the face of a foreign aggression against Yemen for years,” and called the Saudi war on Yemen “absurd”.