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Yemen comments put fresh strain on Lebanon’s Gulf ties

BEIRUT (Reuters) -Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates summoned Lebanese ambassadors on Wednesday to protest over comments made by the information minister before he took office that were critical of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The comments by George Kordahi in an interview he said was recorded on Aug. 5 have, since it began circulating on social media on Tuesday, further strained Lebanon’s already difficult ties with Gulf Arab states. Speaking to an online show affiliated with Qatar’s Al Jazeera network, Kordahi – named minister in the government that took office in September – called the war futile and said Yemen was subjected to an aggression and that its Iran-aligned Houthis were defending themselves.