Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Hossam Zaki, announced today, Monday, that he has reached an approach to resolving the diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, following the tension caused by the statements of Lebanese Minister of Information George Kordahi regarding the war in Yemen.
And Reuters news agency quoted the Lebanese Al-Jadeed channel as saying that Zaki had reached an approach to resolving the diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and other Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, pointing to “a hole in the wall that we can cross through.”
Zaki, who arrived today in the capital, Beirut, stressed that talks with Lebanon regarding the current dispute are going in the “right direction.”
In the same context, Zaki said – in a press conference held after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun – that he came in order to see the Lebanese position first, with the aim of making an effort to bring the views closer and solve the problem with Saudi Arabia.
He added that the Lebanese and Gulf interests are the goal of the Arab League and our way to find a way out of this situation.
He said that the dialogue with President Aoun was frank, without giving further details.
Zaki indicated that he will meet later today with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
He explained that at the end of the meetings, there will be a general form of the path that we will follow, and things will be positive, pointing out that if a visit to Saudi Arabia is needed, he will do so.
On October 29 last, Riyadh withdrew its ambassador in Beirut and asked the Lebanese ambassador to leave, as did the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen, against the background of statements by Lebanese Minister of Information George Kordahi regarding the Yemen war.
Before his appointment as a minister on September 10 last, Qardahi said – in a televised interview recorded on August 5 – and broadcast by one of the electronic platforms of the Al-Jazeera network on YouTube on October 25, that the Houthis in Yemen are “defending themselves against the attacks of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.” “.
While Qardahi believes that his speech did not offend any country, and therefore refuses to apologize or resign, Prime Minister Najib Mikati renewed last Thursday his call for Qardahi to take a position that “preserves Lebanon’s interest.”