AA / Beirut
Sources close to Lebanese Information Minister George Kurdahi said on Thursday that he was open to resigning if there were “guarantees” that the move “would change the position of the government. Gulf “vis-à-vis Beirut.
The statements of sources close to the Lebanese Minister of Information, made to the Anadolu Agency, were held to comment on the invitation extended by the Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, to George Kurdahi, this Thursday, to adopt a position ” preserving the interest of Lebanon “, which was seen as a call to resign.
Prior to his appointment as minister on September 10, Kurdahi said in a television interview recorded in August and broadcast on October 25 that the Houthis in Yemen “were defending themselves against attacks from Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. United Arabs “.
To protest against these statements, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen respectively withdrew their ambassadors from Beirut. For his part, Kurdahi felt that his speech did not offend any country and refused to “apologize” or “resign”.
The sources, who requested anonymity, said that “Kurdahi will not resign, and this position has not changed, and he is waiting to meet with the prime minister, to know the positions that have been expressed by Arab officials and international (concerning the crisis) “.
And to explain that Kurdahi tries “to know if his resignation is accompanied by guarantees that such an approach will be welcomed by the Gulf countries, because any resignation which does not change the position of the Gulf vis-à-vis Lebanon remains in vain “.
Lebanon is awaiting international aid, in particular from the Gulf countries, and more particularly Saudi Arabia, against the backdrop of the worst economic crisis in its history which has afflicted it for nearly two years.
Najib Mikati said on Thursday that “the government has been subjected to a new test, the most difficult, because of the personal positions taken by the Minister of Information, before taking office”.
He added that the positions of the Minister of Information have led Lebanon to a situation of boycott by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf States.
At the invitation of Yemeni President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi, a Coalition, led by the Saudi neighbor, has been carrying out military operations in Yemen since 2015, in support of government forces, against the Iran-backed Houthis, who control several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa (north) since 2014.
Yemen has been the scene of a war for nearly 7 years, which has left 233,000 dead, in a country where 80% of the population, or about 30 million people, is dependent on aid to survive, in the worst crisis humanitarian aid in the world, according to the United Nations.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.
. . (HAS), ..