Lebanese Minister of Information George Kordahi officially submitted his resignation, Friday afternoon, during a press conference held at the Ministry of Information.
In his speech during the conference, Kordahi said: “A ferocious campaign was launched against me on social media, depicting what I said as a crime against Saudi Arabia. This campaign quickly spread to the Gulf and its media, and these campaigns included a lot of insults to me and my family, which bothered me.”
Kordahi clarified his resignation decision, affirming that his people cannot be blamed for what he said.
“Today we are facing new developments, as I understood that the French want my resignation before Macron’s visit to Saudi Arabia in order to help open a dialogue with Saudi officials on Lebanon.”
He added: “I decided to give up my ministerial position because Lebanon is more important than me and I do not accept to be used as a reason to harm the Lebanese in the Gulf countries, because the interests of my country and my loved ones are above my personal interests.”
Lebanese sources told Roya that the resignation came after pressure from France before President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Saudi Arabia as part of a tour that begins today, Friday, to a number of Gulf countries, to obtain a “negotiating paper” to reach a solution to the Saudi-Lebanese crisis.
In this sense, the former minister is hoping his resignation would serve as a stepping stone towards a better relationship between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.