BEIRUT: Qatar reversed a decision to expel five Lebanese expatriates, the National News Agency reported Monday, hours after authorities in Lebanon were informed of the planned expulsions from the Gulf state. Lebanon’s Ambassador in Doha Hasan Najm informed caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour that Qatari authorities had reconsidered their previous decision to expel five Lebanese working there.
Mansour confirmed Qatar’s recent decision without elaborating further about reasons behind the reversal.
“We were informed that a number of Lebanese were asked to leave the country within a week,” Mansour told local media.
“But I was informed today that Qatar reconsidered its decision.”
Mansour also denied that Lebanese living in Qatar had political affiliations, following reports that the expats in question had ties to Hezbollah.
Al-Akhbar said in a report published Monday that a number of Lebanese in Qatar had been asked to leave the country and had been given a period of up to a month to do so.
The report added that 30 Lebanese Shiite and five Syrians were also on a list of foreign workers who would be asked to leave. Most of the Lebanese on the list had moved to Qatar in 2006 for work.
Mansour told Al-Akhbar that Lebanon had been informed of Qatar’s decision to expel them. One of the Lebanese allegedly issued a bounced check, according to Mansour. He didn’t know the reason behind the previous decision to expel the others.
The Gulf Cooperation Council discussed last month a means to implement the organization’s measures against Hezbollah members in Gulf states, threatening to target the financial transactions of those residing in the region.