Bahrain to restore full ties with Lebanon

Jeddah: Bahrain says it will restore full diplomatic relations with Lebanon following a row over the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen that saw the countries break ties for a year and a half. Manama said on Saturday it was bringing an end to the impasse, a move welcomed by Beirut.
Bahrain and other Gulf countries followed Saudi Arabia in recalling their diplomats from Lebanon in October 2021 after the then-information minister, George Kordahi, was quoted as criticising the Saudi role in the war in Yemen, which has produced what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Kordahi said in an interview, which he gave a month before his appointment but it later surfaced online, that the Iran-aligned Houthis were “defending themselves … against an external aggression” in Yemen. He also said the long-running conflict was “futile” and called for it to end. In response, Riyadh recalled its ambassador and ordered Lebanon’s envoy to leave the kingdom. Its Gulf allies – the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain – followed suit, expelling Lebanon’s envoys.
“The Kingdom of Bahrain has decided to restore diplomatic representation” at the ambassador level in Lebanon, the Bahraini foreign ministry said, adding that this would “strengthen the fraternal relations between the two countries”. –Agencies