Row with Gulf states could speed up Lebanon’s economic free fall
13 November 2021 | 10:24 am
Lebanon is once again caught in a regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. A diplomatic row with the Gulf states could add to the country's political instability and economic crisis.
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