The Saudi Foreign minister later described the crisis as “broader than just the comments of one minister” and blamed “Hezbollah continuing dominance of the political scene” in Lebanon.
He deems any relation with Lebanon counterproductive for that reason.
The Saudi Kingdom recalled its ambassador and expelled Lebanon’s ambassador, and stopped all imports from Lebanon.
The political boycott’s move has been followed by Kuwait, Bahrain, and UAE in support of the Saudi Kingdom.
The Lebanese government acted too slow in its response to the crisis, Prime Minister Mikati simply indicated that it was only a personal opinion and it was not reflective of Lebanon’s position toward the war in Yemen.
Nevertheless, this situation is another rising crisis Lebanon has to face as it relies on Saudi economic help which has been now compromised.
The Lebanon-Gulf Crisis is escalating quickly, alongside growing concerns about the consequences of such a reshaping of power relations in the Middle East.
By the Arab Gulf states cutting off Lebanon, it will allow their nemesis Iran more power than it already has via Hezbollah over Lebanon and its politics.