The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the ambassador of Lebanon to leave the territory of the Kingdom of Bahrain on Friday.
The ministry indicated that it “gave the ambassador 48 hours to leave Bahrain,” according to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that “the decision to leave the ambassador of Lebanon from the territory of the Kingdom of Bahrain is against the background of the unacceptable and offensive statements and stances issued by Lebanese officials during the recent period.”
The Bahraini Ministry affirmed that “this decision does not affect the Lebanese brothers residing in Bahrain.”
The Bahraini Foreign Ministry’s demand to leave the Lebanese ambassador comes after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a similar decision Friday evening, summoning its ambassador to Lebanon for consultations, and giving the Lebanese ambassador 48 hours to leave its lands.
The Saudi government also decided on Friday to stop all Lebanese imports into the Kingdom.
The crisis erupted after a television interview with George Kurdahi was published, which was recorded before he assumed his post as Minister of Information in Lebanon, in which he said that the Yemeni Ansarullah movement “has been defending itself in the face of a foreign aggression against Yemen for years,” and called the Saudi war on Yemen “absurd”.