Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Asks to Quit

BEIRUT (Reuters) -
Charbel Wehbe, Lebanon’s caretaker foreign minister, talks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Wednesday. (Dalati Nohra/Handout via Reuters)

Lebanon’s caretaker foreign minister asked the President to be relieved of his duties on Wednesday, the presidency wrote on social media, after his comments in an interview strained ties with his country’s traditional Gulf Arab allies and donors.

Charbel Wehbe, who is a minister in Lebanon’s caretaker government, stoked tensions with remarks on Monday that suggested Gulf states had supported the rise of Islamic State and other disparaging comments.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain summoned Lebanon’s ambassadors and issued formal complaints.