When asked by Charbel Wehbe whether he meant that the Gulf countries provided financial support to the Islamic State, he reacted sharply and said, “So did I provide financial help?”
Sharbil Wehby, photo- Twitter
Lebanon Foreign Minister Comment on Gulf Nations: The controversy erupted after Lebanese acting Foreign Minister Sharbil Wehbe accused the Arab countries of the Gulf of helping in the rise of the Islamic State group. Now Wehby has resigned from his post on Wednesday. Wehbi said in a statement that he had met President Michel Aoun and requested him to be relieved of his post. Many Middle East countries had also lodged opposition to this.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait had summoned Lebanese ambassadors in their capitals to protest against the comments made by Wehbi during interviews on the Al-Hurra news channel. In an interview on Monday, Wehbi reportedly said that “friends and fraternities have helped in the rise of the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.”
Wehbi went out in the middle of the interview
When asked by Wehbi whether he meant that the Gulf countries provided financial support to the Islamic State, he reacted sharply and said, “So did I provide financial help?” When a Saudi commentator interviewing Wehbi criticized the Lebanese president, Wehbi resented the interview, but later returned (Charbel Wehbe Comment on Gulf Nations). These comments by Wehbi have added to the tensions in Lebanon and its traditional ally Saudi Arabia, which are already undergoing stress.
Criticism on social media
This statement of Wehbi was also severely criticized on social media. Those who criticize include those from the Middle East who are working in Lebanon. Turkish Royal Court adviser Turkey Alal Sheikh said that he is proud of his country and its heritage. Many Saudi people have demanded from their own country that the Lebanese people working there should be expelled, whose number is in millions. Lebanese politicians and even Saudi Arabians severely criticized Wehbi’s statement.
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