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Saudi Arabia orders Lebanese ambassador to leave the kingdom

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Saudi state media claim kingdom ordered Lebanon’s ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours

BEIRUT – Saudi Arabia on Friday ordered Lebanon’s ambassador to the kingdom to leave the country within 48 hours and halted all imports from Lebanon, in response to comments from a Lebanese minister who qualified the war in Yemen of Saudi “aggression”.

Saudi state media added that the kingdom’s ambassador to Beirut has also been invited to return home.

Kordahi made the comments on a TV show before being selected for the job in September. Kordahi is close to the Christian Marada Movement, a close ally of the militant group Hezbollah.

Saudi Arabia classifies the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon have been strained in recent months over what the kingdom says about Hezbollah’s control over the small country.

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