Mikati announced, according to a statement issued by his office, “Lebanon adheres to the brotherly ties with the brotherly Arab countries, which are clearly defined in the ministerial statement of the government, whose name is spoken and its policy and constants are expressed by the prime minister and the government as a whole.”
Social media was buzzing with an interview in which Qardahi spoke on a television program about what he described as “the aggression of Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Yemen” and that the Houthis “are in a position of resistance and self-defense.”
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Mikati said: “With regard to the words of the Minister of Information, George Qardahi, which is being circulated and which is part of an interview with him several weeks before assuming his ministerial position, it is rejected and does not express the government’s position at all, especially with regard to the Yemeni issue and Lebanon’s relations with its Arab brothers, specifically the brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
And the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Bukhari, re-published tweets on his account On Twitter, she indicated that Lebanon is threatened by a major diplomatic crisis with the Arab countries, against the background of the words of the Lebanese Minister of Information.
New information: An Arab diplomatic crisis, the beginnings of which began to appear, in opposition to the words of Information Minister George Qardahi about the Yemen war, so what did Qardahi say in the program of the People’s Parliament yesterday?https://t.co/hH6W049how
— Aljadeed channel (@ALJADEEDNEWS) October 26, 2021
Qardahi, in turn, issued a statement in which he said that the interview was conducted with him last August, a month before his appointment as a minister in Mikati’s government.
Qardahi said in statment On his Facebook page, “I did not mean, in any way, to offend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or the Emirates, whose leaders and people I have all the love and loyalty to,” adding that “the parties behind this campaign have become known, and they are accusing me since the formation of the government of coming to suppress the media.” .
Qardahi pointed out that “what I said that the Yemen war has become an absurd war that must stop, I said it with conviction, not in defense of Yemen, but also out of love for Saudi Arabia and the UAE and disregard for their interests.”
He added, “May my words, and the uproar around it, be a reason to stop this harmful war, for Yemen, and for both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a military coalition in Yemen in support of government forces against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have targeted multiple sites in the kingdom over the past years.
The war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, according to international NGOs.
This month, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called it “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”, with more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.