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Lebanon draws up ‘roadmap’ to end row with Saudis – presidency

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the presidential palace in Baabda
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon September 16, 2021. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS

November 4, 2021

DUBAI (Reuters) -Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Thursday he had agreed with President Michel Aoun on a “roadmap” to solve a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, according to a Lebanese presidency post on Twitter.

He did not give details.

Lebanon is facing its worst rift yet with oil-rich Gulf Arab states, spurred by comments about the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen made by Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi before his official appointment.

In an interview he said was recorded on Aug. 5, Kordahi said Yemen was subjected to aggression and that its Iran-aligned Houthis were defending themselves.

Saudi Arabia and some Gulf Arab allies reacted angrily to the remarks.

Riyadh expelled Lebanon’s ambassador, banned all imports from Lebanon and recalled its envoy for consultations.

Lebanon is suffering a financial and economic meltdown which the World Bank has labelled as one of the deepest depressions of modern history.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli;Editing by Alison Williams and Nick Macfie)

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