Saudi Arabia's involvement in Lebanese politics — notably its political crisis of November 2017 — is simply a matter of "relationship ups and downs," Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani said at the World Economic Forum on Monday.
Speaking to CNBC in Davos, Switzerland, the deputy leader had far more positive things to say about the Sunni kingdom than some of his other government counterparts, who have accused it of aggression and interference.
"We count on the support of Saudi Arabia, and we believe that Saudi Arabia has always supported Lebanon positively," Hasbani insisted. "It is not an intervention as much as it is always a positive support to allow the Lebanese to solve their own problems, within a stabilized environment."
Lebanon was rocked by political chaos late last year after its Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation from the Saudi capital of Riyadh, in a move many observers believe was forced by the Saudi kingdom. Hariri later rescinded his resignation, returning to a country far more united in support for their prime minister than ever before.