File - Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Lebanon's Foreign Ministry Saturday defended itself against blame for compromising the $4 billion in Saudi military aid that was announced halted one day earlier.Saudi-backed March 14 officials quickly pointed the finger at Bassil over his recent decisions to distance Lebanon from statements issued during meetings in Cairo and Jeddah last month accusing Iran of backing terrorism.It also noted that the Foreign Ministry had unequivocally denounced any interference in Saudi affairs, as well as the Jan. 2 storming of Saudi missions inside Iran last month by protesters.The Foreign Ministry also called for Lebanese expats living and working in Saudi Arabia to not be affected by the dispute.
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