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Bahrain said Saturday it would restore full diplomatic relations with Lebanon after a year and a half, following a row over remarks made by a former minister regarding the Yemen war, AFP reported.

After Lebanon’s former Information Minister George Kordahi made comments about Saudi Arabia regarding the situation in Yemen at the end of 2021, Saudi Arabia recalled its diplomats, and Baharian and other Gulf states followed suit.

The kingdom announced Saturday that it will renew ties with Israel's northern neighbor, and its ambassador will return to Beirut. “The Kingdom of Bahrain has decided to restore diplomatic representation at ambassador level in Lebanon," the Bahraini foreign ministry said, adding that this would “strengthen the fraternal relations between the two countries.”

Lebanon’s caretaker, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, congratulated the move and said the country “appreciated this decision and welcomes it.”