Saudi Arabia’s Latest Pressure Campaign on Lebanon Could Backfire

Lebanese protesters hold Saudi Arabian flags in a display of support for the kingdom, Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 30, 2021 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).
Lebanese protesters hold Saudi Arabian flags in a display of support for the kingdom, Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 30, 2021 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).

Editor’s note: This is the web version of our subscriber-only weekly newsletter, Middle East Memo, which takes a look at what’s happening, what’s being said and what’s on the horizon in the Middle East. Subscribe to receive it by email every Tuesday. If you’re already a subscriber, adjust your newsletter settings to receive it. Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador to Lebanon and ordered a halt to Lebanese imports over the weekend, in another sign of escalating tensions between Riyadh and Beirut. The diplomatic standoff represents a major blow for Lebanon’s struggling economy, amid the political impasse and economic hardships faced […]

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