Kordahi Says He is Ready to Resign But What's The Catch?

Published November 13th, 2021 - 10:28 GMT
A portrait of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi is displayed on a billboard in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on October 31, 2021 [MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images]

Information Minister George Kordahi announced Friday that he would consider resigning if Saudi Arabia offers Lebanon “guarantees” on reversing the measures it has taken since the eruption of the diplomatic row related to his remarks on the Yemen war.

“I’m not clinging to any ministerial post and I don’t want to challenge anyone from my position, neither the premier nor the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which I love,” Kordahi said after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

“I don’t know the reason behind this unexpected storm and we’re studying the issue. We will see the developments and if we obtain the guarantees that I had raised with (Maronite) Patriarch (Beshara) al-Rahi I will be ready” to submit my resignation, the Minister added.

Lamenting that many Lebanese parties have “exploited” his issue, Kordahi said there are two opinions in the country. “The first backs the minister’s resignation and the second supports him, because this stance reflects dignity, pride and keenness on the country’s sovereignty.”

“It’s not because of me that the government is not convening and I am not the problem,” the minister added, while noting that he did not discuss the issue of resignation with Berri.

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