Lebanon's Information Minister May Resign
Information suggests that Lebanon's the possible resignation is seen by Macron as a gateway to resolve the issue with KSA.
Al Mayadeen's reporter says that Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi will announce his resignation on Friday in a statement, noting that Kordahi has communicated with the Prime Minister and friends, and decided to resign.
Our reporter noted that Kordahi has decided to resign, despite his knowing that it will not lessen Saudi Arabia's measures toward Lebanon, adding that a person close to Al-Marada Movement chief, Suleiman Frangieh, will take over the Information Ministry after Kordahi resigns.
The resignation will take place before Macron meets the Saudi leadership in Riyadh. Al Mayadeen's information also suggests that the parliamentary elections will likely be held in May.
According to Reuters, "Kordahi's resignation aimed to open the door for negotiations by French President Emmanuel Macron to resolve the dispute during a planned visit to Saudi Arabia this weekend."
Macron will visit the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, where he will discuss a number of different subjects, including West Asian crises, counterterrorism, and Lebanon's crisis.
Two weeks ago, Kordahi said he is open to any solution that would benefit Lebanon and restore its relations with Gulf countries, but stressed that his resignation not be merely a shot in the air that does little to change things, as he said it.
Before then, he had stated that he is not clinging to any ministerial post, nor is he challenging Prime Minister Najib Mikati or Saudi Arabia, whom he stressed must be respected.
Riyadh had called back its ambassador from Lebanon for "consultations", and asked Lebanon's ambassador to leave within 48 hours, following an interview was aired with Kordahi, recorded before he became minister, in which he called the war on Yemen "futile".