BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia on Friday ordered the Lebanese ambassador to the kingdom to leave the country within 48 hours and stopped all imports from Lebanon, a response to comments by a Lebanese minister who described the war in Yemen as a Saudi “aggression.”
Saudi state media added that the kingdom’s ambassador to Beirut was also asked to head back home.
The move came days after a video circulated on social media in which Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi described the war in Yemen as an aggression by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Kordahi made the comments on a TV program before he was chosen for the post in September.
He is close to the Christian Marada Movement, a close ally of the Hezbollah terror group.
Saudi Arabia lists the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015, a year after the country descended into civil war.
The war has deteriorated largely into a stalemate and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Relations between Riyadh and Beirut have been tense in recent months over what the kingdom says is Hezbollah’s control of Lebanon.