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Lebanon information minister denies having hostile view of Saudi

Lebanon's Minister of Information George Kordahi speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on September 13, 2021 [ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images]
Lebanon's Minister of Information George Kordahi speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on September 13, 2021 [ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images]

Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi today denied having a hostile stance towards Saudi Arabia and said that comments he made about the Yemen war were made in a personal capacity before he joined Prime Minister Najib Mikati's cabinet, Reuters reports.

"To those calling for my resignation I say that I am part of a cohesive cabinet and I cannot take such a decision alone," Kordahi added in televised remarks.

During an interview that surfaced late yesterday, Kordahi defended the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, saying they were acting in "self-defence". He added that the Houthis were not aggressors, in comments that have been seen to mean he views Saudi Arabia and the UAE in a negative light."George Kordahi's recent comments do not express the government's position on the Yemeni issue. Lebanon is committed to its ties with Arab countries and my government is keen to have the best relations with Saudi Arabia," Mikati said in statements released shortly after the video was circulated.

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