Lebanese minister behind Saudi remarks rift resigns


Lebanon's information minister, whose criticism of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen caused a major rift with Gulf states, has resigned.

George Kordahi said he was doing so in "the interests of my country and my people".

Comments he made weeks ago outraged Saudi Arabia, which expelled Lebanon's ambassador and banned its imports, dealing a blow to its ailing economy.

Other Gulf countries took similar punitive measures.

Relations between Saudi Arabia, one of the most powerful and influential countries in the region, and Lebanon were already strained when the diplomatic spat erupted.

It was triggered by an interview in which Mr Kordahi appeared to call Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) aggressors in the war in Yemen. He said the conflict was "futile" and that Saudi Arabia's foes in the war were acting in "self-defence".