| 19 April 2024, Friday |

The Gulf Cooperation Council demands “Wehbe” an official apology

Statements  condemning  Lebanese Foreign Minister “Charbel Wehbe” expanded, after an interview yesterday on Al-Hurra channel, where he made insulting words to the Gulf brothers, which met with Lebanese and Arab condemnation, especially because they were issued by a person who represents Lebanese diplomacy.

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf called on the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Charbel Wehbe, to issue an official apology for “unacceptable offenses” during his recent statements.

The Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hojruf,  said in a statement issued today, Tuesday:

On the rejection and denunciation of the Gulf Cooperation Council states to what was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in the caretaker government in the Lebanese Republic, Charbel Wahba, during a television interview and the disgraceful insults against the Gulf Cooperation Council states and their peoples, as well as the insult of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hojruf emphasized “the firm and established stances  taken by the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to support the brotherly Lebanese people, those stances which are witnessed in history and which aim at the safety of Lebanon and support its stability and security, and that these statements are inconsistent with the simplest diplomatic norms and are not consistent with the historical relations between the GCC states and Lebanon ”.

Al-Hojruf called on Wehbe to “submit a formal apology to the Gulf Cooperation Council states and their peoples for the unacceptable offenses that have occurred.”

This comes after Wehbe said in a television interview broadcasted  on Monday: “The countries of love, friendship and brotherhood brought us the Islamic State and planted it in the Nineveh plains, Anbar and Palmyra.”

When asked whether he meant “those countries” of the Gulf states, Wehbe said that he did not want to mention names, and added, in response to a question about whether the Gulf countries funded the organization: “Who financed them then, me?”

Before the end of the interview, Wehbe left the studio, objecting to the Saudi guest, political analyst Salman Al-Ansari, attacking the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, saying, “I am in Lebanon and one of the Bedouins insults me.”