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Bahrain Orders Citizens to 'Immediately' Leave Lebanon After Prime Minister's Surprise Resignation

Bahrain Orders Citizens to 'Immediately' Leave Lebanon After Prime Minister's Surprise Resignation
From TIME - November 5, 2017

(DUBAI)Bahrain ordered its citizens in Lebanon to leave immediately Sunday after the countrys prime minister resigned in a sudden televised address, citing Iranian meddling in Lebanese and regional affairs.

Bahrains Foreign Ministry said citizens were banned from traveling to Lebanon, as well.

Bahrain is a bellwether nation for the Saudi Arabia-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council and often the first to announce sanctions and travel bans, usually targeting countries seen as close to Iran.

GCC member states banned travel to Lebanon in 2016 after Lebanons Foreign Minister refused to condemn mob attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri upended Lebanese politics with his surprise resignation Saturday.

He delivered it in a televised address from Saudi Arabia, leading his supporters and detractors in Lebanon to speculate he received orders to step down from Saudi Arabia, widely seen as his patron. He is not believed to have returned to Lebanon.

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