During the section of his 2020 forecast that is dedicated to Lebanon, Michel Hayek predicted: “A setback in diplomacy and a setback in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.”
In what could’ve plunged Lebanon into a diplomatic catastrophe, Charbel Wehbe, who, in his position as Foreign Minister, represents Lebanon’s head of diplomacy, made a dangerous accusation about Arab Gulf countries during his recent interview with Al-Hurra.
“… There is a second stage when ISIS came, and the countries of the people of love, friendship, and brotherhood brought them,” the former minister stated during the interview, implying Arab countries, and creating a storm of backlash that stayed alive well after his resignation.
He was also severely criticized for calling the Saudi commentator debating him “a Bedouin.”
The setback could have been much worse, as Wehbe‘s remarks prompted fears that Gulf countries would cut their relations with Lebanon.