Report: Wehbe’s Gulf Remarks Trigger ‘Discontent’


Recent remarks made by Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe about Gulf countries are likely to trigger a "diplomatic crisis” between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, media reports said on Tuesday.

Sources following up closely on the issue, did not rule out that Saudi Arabia would demand an official apology from Lebanon, "specifically from the Lebanese president."

Meanwhile, MTV television station said it could trigger an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

In remarks to the United States-based public Arabic-language satellite TV channel al-Hurra, Wehbe said that terrorist groups of “ISIS were brought (to Lebanon) by countries of friendship and brotherhood."

He said they "planted them for us (Lebanon) in the Nineveh Plains, al-Anbar and Palmyra.”

According to Akhbar al-Yawm newspaper, prominent diplomatic sources considered that "accusations against Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia, of financing the most dangerous terrorist organization in recent history, by the Lebanese Foreign Minister, shall not pass."

“It will inevitably and unfortunately affect the Lebanese communities in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries,” they said.

The caretaker Minister also "defended" Hizbullah's weapons during his interview. His remarks were little appreciated.

Akhbar al-Yawm reported that “Wehbe defending Hizbullah despite its practices in a number of Arab countries, was considered an offense to the Gulf.”

“When Israel was occupying Lebanese land, Hizbullah members recruited to defend Lebanon’s sovereignty,” said Wehbe. He noted that Hizbullah’s weapons become a need to defend Lebanon, shall Israel decide to wage an aggression against Lebanon similar to the violence on Gaza today.

“Look at what is happening in Gaza. Has something similar happened in Lebanon? If this (Hizbullah’s) weapon is a deterrent to the Israeli enemy, then I shall consider it our insurance policy,” he said.

Saudi Arabia could make an "exceptional" position at the diplomatic level, leading to the "withdrawal" of Ambassador Walid Al-Bukhari from Beirut in the coming days, according to the newspaper.

Comments 10
Thumb ex-fpm 18 May 2021, 12:17

Does anybody still doubt that Bassil is the actual Foreign minister?

Thumb barrymore 18 May 2021, 12:27

You are absolutely right. This guy was Bassil's sidekick assigned as advisor to Aoun and then made Foreign minister. Bassil acts as he is President already, see below:

أجرى باسيل مروحة واسعة من الإتصالات العربية والإقليميّة والداخلية للتهنئة بعيد الفطر.
وفي هذا الإطار إتّصل بالرئيس السوري بشار الأسد وبعدد من وزراء الخارجية في الدول العربية والإقليم ومن بينها تركيا وايران وفلسطين والأردن والكويت وسلطنة عمان وقطر والمغرب. كذلك اتصل بعدد من المسؤولين المسلمين في عدد من الدول وفي المؤسّسات الدولية.
أجرى رئيس "التيّار الوطنيّ الحرّ"، النائب جبران باسيل، اتصالاً بالرئيس الفلسطيني، محمود عباس، وأعرب له عن "تضامنه الكامل مع الشعب الفلسطينياتصالات-لباسيل-بعبّاس-والأسد-وشخصيات-سياسية-ودينية

Thumb galaxy 18 May 2021, 12:34

He noted that Hizbullah’s weapons become a need to defend Lebanon, shall Israel decide to wage an aggression against Lebanon similar to the violence on Gaza today.

need to defend Lebanon in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Iraq etc?

Hang this lowlife traitor!

Thumb 18 May 2021, 14:46

He speaks like a true lowlife FPMer.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 18 May 2021, 14:52

Sorry to break this to Mr Wehbe but many current Hizbullah members stated their life of crime as members of the SLA. And they had more honor and integrity then.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 18 May 2021, 15:04

BTW Mr Wehbe if ISIS was really brought to Syria by the gulf monarchies and they kicked the a$$ of the combined units of the Syrian army, Syrian air force and the Iranians and their assorted mercenaries before Putin stepped in and saved the a$$es of Bashar and Soleimani how come they don't repeat the same strategy in Yemen? After all the Houthis are Sunday league compared to Bashar and Soleimanis armies.

Thumb ashtah 18 May 2021, 15:19

lol good one

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 18 May 2021, 16:18

Best Iranian foreign minister, ever!

Thumb LongLiveLebanon 18 May 2021, 17:25

In another democracy, Wehbe would have been sacked immediately. His views are outrageous and as foreign minister his behaviour is shameful, to say the least.

Thumb sevilla 19 May 2021, 09:09

lowlife aouni