US Calls on the Gulf States to Restore Relations with Lebanon
The United States of America calls on the Gulf states to restore relations with Lebanon. The spokesperson for the US State Department, Ned Price, says that an effective dialogue must be initiated with Beirut.
The US called on the Gulf states to revive relations with Lebanon, saying that the struggling nation needed international support. The comments came in the wake of the crisis that Gulf countries maintained that were sparked by old remarks of the Lebanese Information Minister's George Kordahi.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, "Our position is that diplomatic channels should remain open if we are to seek to improve the humanitarian conditions of the Lebanese people."
Blinken: the US will aid Mikati's efforts to restore political stability
Yesterday, on the sidelines of the UN climate meeting in Glasgow, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Blinken stated that the US would assist Lebanon in its efforts to recover from a historic economic catastrophe, as well as aiding Mikati's efforts to restore political stability after a more than one-year power vacuum.
Yesterday as well, France called on the regional parties and officials in Lebanon to calm and initiate a dialogue, stressing the need to distance Beirut from crises in the region.
The Begining of the Crisis
The crisis began last week when Saudi Arabia summoned its ambassador in Lebanon for consultations Friday, while it requested the ambassador of Lebanon to leave the kingdom within 48 hours and decided to stop all Lebanese imports to the kingdom.
Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait asked the Lebanese ambassador to leave their territories within 48 hours. In turn, the UAE recalled its diplomats from Lebanon and issued a travel ban for its citizens to the Country.
What did Kordahi state?
Lebanese Minister of Information George Kordahi described the Yemen war as "futile," adding that "Ansar Allah group has been defending itself in the face of external aggression against Yemen for years," which provoked international and local reactions.
Yesterday, sources close to the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Qardahi, told Al-Mayadeen that Kordahi will not resign, and this position has not changed.