Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shouky is touring the Middle East to try to resolve the issue with Iran. More specifically, the increased tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. [TAKE VO] Let’s unpack that a little for you. It all relates to the crises in Syria and Yemen. Essentially, Saudi Arabia and Iran are backing opposite sides in Syria. International powers have made their allegiances known too. Russia, for instance, backs Iran on Syria, while the United States supports Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of backing the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Lebanon has adopted a neutral stance. At the weekend, the country’s premier resigned while in Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri says his decision ensures Lebanon can maintain a policy of non-interference.
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