Sunday, June 13

Arab League Secretary General: Offending Statements against Saudi Arabia Far from Diplomatic Norms

Cairo, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit deplored the statements of the Lebanese Foreign Minister in the caretaker government Charbel Wehbe during a television interview, which included an encroachment on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states in general and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in particular, describing these statements as far from diplomatic norms.

In a statement issued today, Aboul Gheit stressed that the dialogue language used by senior officials in Arab countries should always reflect the brotherly feelings and mutual respect among Arab peoples and should avoid whatever that might agitate feelings, instigate hate or fuel sedition.

The Secretary General also expressed concern over these statements that are made at a sensitive time that Lebanon is going through, during which Beirut needs all forms of support from brotherly and friendly countries, noting that these phrases have also contributed to tensions in Lebanese-GCC relations instead of rectifying their course as envisioned.

Source: Saudi Press Agency