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

Saudi Arabia’s Latest Pressure Campaign on Lebanon Could Backfire

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

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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 by Lebanon’s citizens. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait have all followed suit, withdrawing their envoys from Beirut and announcing a similar ban on Lebanese imports.  ...

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