Saudi Arabia has ordered Lebanon’s ambassador to leave by Sunday over “insulting” comments by a Lebanese minister. The Gulf kingdom also imposed a blanket ban on all imports from Lebanon. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Kuwait then took diplomatic action in solidarity with Saudi Arabia.

It comes days after remarks by Lebanon’s information minister about the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen sparked outrage in the kingdom.

The Arab League said on Saturday it was concerned about the deteriorating relations, and urged Gulf countries “to reflect on the measures proposed to be taken… in order to avoid further negative effects on the collapsing Lebanese economy”.