Report: GCC Countries to Ban Lebanese from Entering Territories

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The Gulf countries will ban Lebanese citizens from entering their territories if the Lebanese state failed to take a firm stance from statements issued by Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, media reports said on Tuesday.

According to al-Akhbar newspaper, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani informed Lebanese Chargé d'affaires in Saudi Arabia Munir Anouti that the Gulf countries demand the government to take a strict stance from Aoun's statements on the developments in Bahrain.

The newspaper reported that Kuwaiti authorities also denounced Aoun's statements in a memo received by the Lebanese embassy.

On Monday, al-Zayani strongly condemned Aoun's rhetoric during a meeting with Anouti at the GCC Secretariat General's headquarters in Riyadh.

The memo described Aoun's statements to Iran's al-Alam television last week as “irresponsible,” considering them “misleading... and having nothing to do with the real situation in Bahrain.”

The FPM leader said that the demands of the protesters in Bahrain are “fair and justified.”

He criticized the Arab League and international community for failing to support the protests.

Aoun added: “It's unfortunate that a peaceful revolution, which has been oppressed and going on for three years, has not been recognized enough by the world.”

"Such irresponsible statements contradict with the historical and brotherly ties between Lebanon and GCC countries,” the memo pointed out.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Najib Miqati telephoned his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman, stressing that Lebanon respects Bahrain's sovereignty and that the stances voiced by some Lebanese leaders do not reflect the government's official stance.

Comments 51
Thumb cedar 19 February 2013, 08:19

We Dont Need Them Anyway! ... Lebanon for the Lebanese!

Default-user-icon Hiram (Guest) 19 February 2013, 08:49

What an idiot! Do you know how many companies, employees, families, are suffering because of this?
If we like it or not the GCC is where thousands of Lebanese are supporting their families back home.

Thumb cedar 19 February 2013, 12:51

actually your an idiot, by your irrational logic Just because people work somewhere means they should shut up and be treated like a fool and humiliated - just so they dont get sacked. WRONG. When Lebanese stand up for them self's and their dignity, then it will be the Gulf states citizens who flock to Lebanon to work!

Missing zakariah 19 February 2013, 10:22

So irresponsible... Shame on people like you

Default-user-icon nazih (Guest) 19 February 2013, 14:37

idiot ! nobody should be allowed to interfare in a soverign contry's political situation. Lebanon had suffered enough...much more then any country in the world but some never learned a lesson.

Yes, lots of lebenese work in GCC and support their families back home. they enjoy the peace there and send million of dollars back home to support the economy.

Default-user-icon Habib (Guest) 19 February 2013, 15:28

What do you do for a living cedar and Brucelee?

Default-user-icon Amer el hajj (Guest) 19 February 2013, 17:54

Seriously! For the Lebanese? This is why your Lebanese population is not growing in Lebanon but growing only outside Lebanon due to stupid politicians like Michel Aoun! Do you really know if something like this happens and we are banned from entering the GCC countris how many families will go into poverty! Wake up from your stupid dream and from your brain wash! these lunatic leaders are manipulating you for their own benefit! Since when Aoun is a great supporter to Syria and Iran? Did yo ask your self this question? Wake up

Default-user-icon Hanna Farah (Guest) 19 February 2013, 08:30

If this happens, Lebanese unemployment will be at 50%.

Missing mohammad_ca 19 February 2013, 13:43

has employment improved with your idiots in power? open ended general strike today...that doesn't sound too hopeful.

Thumb rover98 19 February 2013, 08:34

Lebanon has become an embarrassment a long time ago with its blind support of Iran, and no the Sunni's don't take orders from Saudi Arabia or anyone else in comparison. Soon no Arab country will show us hospitality and we will have nowhere to work as our politicians are {all} incompetent and our economy is insufficient.

Default-user-icon trueself (Guest) 19 February 2013, 08:44

I am afraid that Aoun is losing his brain faculties and is a danger for the Christian Lebanese as well as all the Lebanese. This small guy is giving so much value to himself; he’s becoming a precarious cancer in the body of the Christians that needs to be purged. I know that his age might be a culprit in his brain’s deterioration, yet the Christian can’t afford such a person who is so careless and lacks tactfulness. We are with the Arabs side by side and we value their brotherhood. The Lebanese, of whom I am one, benefited from the Arab world in millions of ways. Iran never brought a penny to any Lebanese, let alone any value to our lives. Aoun only represents himself and no Lebanese agrees with his stance, other than those who are corrupted from his gangs.

Default-user-icon LE_Dude (Guest) 19 February 2013, 08:46

God bless him for ruining the lives of thousands of lebanese families who work in the gulf or had an opportunity there.
God bless him for making lebanese who lost their jobs more susceptible for getting paid money to vote.
God bless him for making lebanese who wont have opportunities in the gulf to rely on political parties for support
What can I say the general is just another lebanese politician: He hires his relatives and puts them in important positions, opens his mouth without thinking how it would affect lebanese, and uses street language. God bless us with this stuff...

Missing ssnp4ever 20 February 2013, 03:29

Hey Sidon ,what about your lover Asir..

Thumb jcamerican 19 February 2013, 08:50

Maybe it is time to change the regime in Lebanon too. No more democracy in this world. My way or the highway.

Thumb geha 19 February 2013, 09:00

thanks to aoun and hizbushaitan, all Lebanese working in the GCC will come back.
to what? unemployment? let this cabinet of traitors handle the crisis they created. it is a humanitarian crisis caused by traitors and foreign agents.
they have done anything possible to disconnect Lebanon and the Lebanese from their Arab environment.
to replace it by what? iran?
filthy terrorist militia.....

Thumb mckinl 19 February 2013, 09:01

The GCC was just itching to penalize Lebanon in their jihad on the Shia whether they be in Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran or Lebanon ...

Missing canadianadam 19 February 2013, 09:04

We have state sponsored terrorism from Hezbollah. Alot of us pay the bills by working in the gulf. Thanks alot for HAs involvement in Syria. That's terrorism in its most classical definition.

Missing samiam 19 February 2013, 09:45

like the HA who are paid by Iran

friggin hypocrite

Missing 19 February 2013, 10:00

FT - Many Lebanese families would be destitute was it not for remittances from the Gulf. I believe what Aoun was correct in his assessment of the Bahrain situation even though he is a hypocrite when it comes to Syria.In addition, it is the policies of HA that is driving lebanon into the poor house. You want to be strong, build an economy so we are not beggers in other people land. With HA leading its Jihads, very few people would want to invest in Lebanon.

Thumb lebnanfirst 19 February 2013, 09:20

One can understand, even if one does not agree with, HA's comments about Bahrain though it is no Lebanese's business. It defies logic that any Christian would mouth such stupid comments. For one thing, no smart politician allows one self to be mired in inter Arab politics especially those tinged with religious factionalism. For another, we Christians are a minority in our own country and need to coexist with both Shiites AND Sunnis. As such we need to balance our approaches to our fellow Moslem Lebanese and let them sort out their differences on their own. Those of us who oppose HA do not do so because it is Shiite but because of its distant oriel beliefs in a theocratic system instead of a democratic civil one. We also oppose those Sunnis who are religiously extreme, and most Sunnis are NOT, I know I have many Sunni friends.
Sound should layoff this adolescent indulgence of his and act more as a leader. Then again, he never stops reminding me why I ditched him.

Thumb lebnanfirst 19 February 2013, 09:22

distant oriel => dictatorial

Thumb lebnanfirst 19 February 2013, 09:24

Sound => Aoun

Thumb barbar 19 February 2013, 13:51

Iranian sympathizers are funny hypocrites too. Who heard HA supporting the Syrian uprising when it was peaceful? No one. And unless the propaganda convinced you otherwise, Syria had no democracy and no freedom of speech, just like Bahrain.

Missing 19 February 2013, 09:56

FT - It has nothing to do about anti-Shia. For many Gulf Arabs, Iran is a historical threat since it is an empire. Study the history of Persia for the last 3000 years. It has almost always been a hegemon in the region. The Gulf countries see it from this angle. The fact that Iran is uses Shias outside its borders to expand its influence will invariable put these communities at odd with the Gulf states - not because they are Shia but because they are allies of Iran. If the ally of Iran is a Sunni, they would get the same treatment.

Default-user-icon Whatever (Guest) 19 February 2013, 09:58

God bless him for ruining the lives of thousands of lebanese families who work in the gulf or had an opportunity there.
God bless him for making lebanese who lost their jobs more susceptible for getting paid money to vote.
God bless him for making lebanese who wont have opportunities in the gulf to rely on political parties for support
What can I say the general is just another lebanese politician: He hires his relatives and puts them in important positions, opens his mouth without thinking how it would affect lebanese, and uses street language. God bless us with this stuff...

Default-user-icon visitor (Guest) 19 February 2013, 10:47

please replace "bless" with "damn".....!

Missing sensei961 19 February 2013, 10:15

I hope they ban all lebanese entering the Gulf and then let this stupid Michel Clown find them jobs, he forget that most of his supporters are working in GCC and taking advantage of its wealth!!

Thumb mouallek 19 February 2013, 10:27

Bravo karim_m1 you got it now. Aoun wants badly to be added on their payroll to shut his dirty mouth.

Missing zakariah 19 February 2013, 10:27

Live in the blind dreams that your General keeps drawing for you. Come on... don't you wish to wake up to reality? Do you really read his "simple" statement as free speech? -- It's irresponsible speech, instead.

Thumb geha 19 February 2013, 13:08

FT you are definitely the biggest BS and wh... on this site.
what is this comment? do you think people are stupid or what?
what is this excellent analysis...

Thumb geha 19 February 2013, 10:35

yeah, it is logical to put up banners insulting king abdallah in Lebanon? that is an anti shia campaign? you are surely full of it!
sectarian you are and sectarian you will remain.

Default-user-icon Shad (Guest) 19 February 2013, 10:45

Well you can only say that he is Irresponsible and can never be a respected leader! Because of such politicians, Lebanon has no Future and we will never go back for good. God please help us and help Lebanon! we cannot bear anymore the consequences of hypocritical and idiotic so called politicians!

Default-user-icon Shadi (Guest) 19 February 2013, 10:48

Baddak el Balad tsawfir aktar min Haik! yalla balki bit3eesh fiya la 7elak...enjoy!

Default-user-icon LiarAoun (Guest) 19 February 2013, 12:20

Aoun cannot condemn the repression in Bahrain while defending the repression in Syria !

How stupid, blind and deaf can you Aounis be ? Do you have any excuse for him ?

Aoun is a pathological Liar and you Aounis are pathologically Naive ! Sheep ... just like Hezbollah supporters !

This isn't to defend any M14 followers who follow blindly just the same ! However, their stance is more coherent with their beliefs !

Default-user-icon LiarAoun (Guest) 19 February 2013, 13:01

The orgy that Aoun is justifying ? The orgy that Aounies are glad to support ?

You're the retard for not understanding the essence of revolt against regimes.

Both revolts in Syria and Bahrain are legitimate. They are the people's will for freedom and prosperity. Thank god Bahrain hasn't reached a tenth of the bloodshed happening in Syria.

This does not mean the two situations are not the same and this does not give excuses to Aoun playing both sides. Either you support the public will for freedom or you don't. You don't get to pick sides each time to fit your personnal goals. Aoun believes in nothing but his own interests, not the lebanese, not yours and not mine !

You cannot condemn criminals while defending others! Unless you're getting something from one !

Thumb geha 19 February 2013, 13:12

FT, on this page you have demonstrated the level of sectarian hatred, racism ,... that are unprecedented.
you better go and have a mental checkup before it is too late.
all your comments are irrational and empty of sense, but full of insults to all the others.

Missing loko 19 February 2013, 13:06

Not sure why all Lebanese becomes a threat when some political leader from Lebanon place a statement or an opinion this so not fair ... and not sure why they give a dam about what this guy says !! hes no ruler . , nothing personal but all of them are as well the rest of your dam leaders that worth nothing but garbage only a leader ruled by a ruler

Missing loko 19 February 2013, 13:08

Not sure why all Lebanese becomes a threat when some political leader from Lebanon place a statement or an opinion this so not fair ... and not sure why they give a dam about what this guy says !! hes no ruler hes only a leader ruled by a ruler. , nothing personal but all of them are as well the rest of your dam leaders that worth nothing but garbage

Thumb bobby90 19 February 2013, 13:29

You Guys Sitting There In Lebanon Whether Employed Or Jobless REMEMBER THAT YOU SURVIVE ONLY AND ONLY ON LEBANESE EXPATRIATES MONEY SENT TO YOU FROM OUTSIDE!! Whether From Saudi Arabia, Uae, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman Or Non-Middle Eastern Countries!
whoever insults one of these countries is actually contributing to the lebanon's economic failures That Is Already On The Edge!!

Default-user-icon Ziad (Guest) 19 February 2013, 13:38

We're thousands of lebanese forced to leave our country to work in the GCC and feed ourselves and our families left behind. Aoun's statement is foolish especially that 1/ No lebanese rights were ever transgressed in these countries and 2/ his comments are a direct result of his alliance to Hezbollah rather than strong beleif in the Bahraini cause.

Let's focus on speaking for and defending the rights of the lebanese ppl living in lebanon first rather than diverge the reality of our miserable situation by mendling in foreign affairs.

Missing mohammad_ca 19 February 2013, 13:41

FT ... Aoun is the one that made the statement...Aoun is shia?

Default-user-icon FlameCatcher (Guest) 19 February 2013, 14:27

In lack of better alternatives, vote for the less horrible of options ! HINT : NOT AOUN, NOT HEZBOLLAH

I don't see any of the others threatening the security and stability of our country with weapons, drug trafficking, making it a safe for murderers, stealing public funds, murdering people left and right, blocking the rule of justice, blocking parliament and democratic process for more than I can remember, getting richer than any M14 has ever gotten in such a short period of time, buying lands by the square kilometer all over the country, moving populations around, having control of government and doing absolutely nothing to improve the economic situation ... Never in our history have we regressed so much in such a short period of time all under Aoun and Hezbollah's watch !

You guys have been on prozac for far too long ... hash, cocaine, all supplied by the lovely peaceful people you call the "resistance" and your "allies" ...

Thumb geha 19 February 2013, 15:26

from all people on this site you have proven today how much sectarian hatred you have, plus how low you are in insulting others trying to defend what started all this, i.e. your beloved aoun.
I am a Lebanese Christian, but unlike you, even if I do not like someone, I have to recognize that a lot of Lebanese will be hurt because of these comments.
furthermore, I insist that moderate sunnis are better than extremists, and this means we need to preserve any moderate sunni.
unfortunately shia follow blindly hizbushaitan, thus they are mostly extremists.

Thumb geha 19 February 2013, 15:27

this is where you are wrong:
aoun and hizbushaitan are at the core of this cabinet and their comments represent this cabinet.

Default-user-icon habib (Guest) 19 February 2013, 15:37

phoenix, may i remind you that Lebanon is not the US, when you become such a powerful and rich nation, then you can do whatever you feel like . Meanwhile, there are more than 500,000 lebanese families living in the GCC, or receiving Jobs from there, I don't think if your only source of income comes from these countries , it is wise to attack them. Now , if you are as rich as MP Aoun , where he has millions of Dollars coming from other sources, then thats another issue. I wonder why MP Aoun didn't attack the Gulf when he was being financed by them 3, 4 years ago... Just to tell you that, what he is saying only serves his and his allies political affiliations. If i may ask what field you work on , i can relate how these speeches can affect your income. ..

Default-user-icon IMAD (Guest) 19 February 2013, 18:13

The only ones responsible for ruining Lebanon are the Lebanese themselves. There is no one else to blame. Your hatred for each other is ungodly. Not a single one of you on here is a true Muslim or Christian. Your hatred and racism for your own People is sickening. While all of you sit here threathening each other and living in 4th world country conditions, the Israelis, American and the rest of Europe are getting FAT off your misery and hatred for each other. I love all of you. I hope one day you can all love yourselves FIRST. Than maybe you can love one another.

Missing peace 19 February 2013, 18:23

who cares? we have iran ready to help lebanon!

(or just hezbis? lol!)

Thumb kanaandian 19 February 2013, 23:20

His statement is true, and I don't even supporter Aoun.

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Default-user-icon think wise (Guest) 29 March 2013, 17:07

a lot of people are fearing the GCC BANNING of new lebanese entrants, and nagging about throwing them into poverty. well,objectively, let them come back, we will all be forced to increase pressure on government and banks to increase investment of tons of money sitting there doing nothing, wnkhele ya mrat hanna la2anno ra7 ysir fi 3andik t7in!

Default-user-icon miguel (Guest) 14 July 2013, 09:10

Coming back from Bangkok to Beirut, transit in Bahrain 12 h, they didnt allow us to enter and sleep in the hotel booked for us by Gulf Air to stay in.

Instead, we had to stay 12h in their airport duty free mbahdlin awaiting my flight.

they said zarf amneh..

hate more abo 3gal w kafieh now, metkhalfin!

whatever aoun said, chu khasna ne7na, screw these arabs eza kil wa7ad 7ekeh kelme byotsarrafo 3a hal ases.. im now more certain that Aoun is right!!