Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait summoned the ambassadors of Lebanon and informed them of their denial </p><div itemprop="articleBody"> <p>Yesterday, condemnations and condemnation of the offensive statements made by Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wahba against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states expanded. Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Manama, and the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council condemned these statements, as did the various Lebanese parties, and some of them called for Wahba's dismissal.
Yesterday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry summoned the Lebanese ambassador to hand him a protest note against the offensive statements made by Wehbe, and a statement by the ministry expressed Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and strong condemnation of the statements that attack Wahba against the Kingdom and its people. The UAE, Kuwaiti and Bahraini foreign ministries have summoned Lebanon’s ambassadors there and handed them protest notes.
Wehbe’s statements sparked a wave of condemnation in Lebanon, which was not mitigated by the presidential statement, which disavowed the statements, or the minister’s apology, who placed what he said in the category of “emotion”. Al-Sharq al-Awsat learned that the Saudi embassy in Beirut will witness visits this morning by representatives of Lebanese parliamentary blocs to protest against Wahba’s statements.
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri denounced Wahba’s words, saying that he “added a new exploit to the exploits of the Covenant in sabotaging Lebanese-Arab relations.” Similar condemnations were issued by Mufti Sheikh Abd al-Latif Derian, former prime ministers Fouad Siniora, Najib Mikati and Tamam Salam, in addition to Samir Geagea, head of the “forces” party, head of the “socialist” party, Walid Jumblatt, the Kataeb Party, and the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives.