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Lebanon's Kordahi on calls for his resignation: We cannot remain subject to blackmail | Al Arabya |

Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi said on Wednesday his country "cannot remain subject to blackmail" in response to calls for his resignation after his statements about Saudi Arabia and the UAE's involvement in the Yemen war.

"They are trying to dictate who must stay in the government and who must go. Are we not a sovereign country? Why does this happen only in Lebanon?"

Kordahi had said that Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis were defending themselves and described the war in Yemen as "futile."

His comments angered Gulf countries, and led to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait to summon their Lebanese envoys in protest over Kordahi's statements.

Kordahi stressed that his comments, which were made during an August 5 interview on an online show affiliated with Qatar's Al Jazeera network, were his "personal opinions" and did not oblige the government because he wasn't a cabinet member at the time.

"Whoever wants to characterized my stance as one against Saudi Arabia, that accusation is rejected. I have never attacked or insulted Saudi Arabia," he said, adding: "As for the UAE, I consider it my second home."

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