Lebanon replaces foreign minister Wehbe after anti-GCC allegations

Cairo: Lebanon has appointed caretaker Defence Minister Zeina Akkar as the country’s caretaker foreign minister, replacing Charbel Wehbe who sparked a massive uproar by making allegations and offensive remarks against the GCC countries.

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed a decree appointing Akkar as a caretaker foreign minister, Lebanese state media said, after Aoun accepted Wehbe’s resignation.

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Wehbe submitted his resignation Wednesday amid fury after he hinted during a TV interview that the Gulf countries had brought Daesh terrorists into the region, an allegation that drew massive denunciation and official protests.

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Economic crisis

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He derogatorily called a Saudi analyst a “Bedouin”, referring to the culture of the Arabian Peninsula. Lebanon is in the grip of an acute economic crisis and political deadlock.

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A caretaker government has been in place in the country since August in the aftermath of a deadly explosion at the Beirut port. Prime minister-designate Rafik Al Hariri has failed since October to stitch together a new cabinet due to divisions among rival factions.

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