German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks to the media in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments allegedly made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.The Saudi ministry said the government would deliver a protest note to Germany's ambassador in Riyadh over what it said were "outrageous and unjustified" comments by Gabriel.The controversy revolves around the unexpected resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri while on a visit to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4 .Hariri's abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia had raised concern over Lebanon's stability.
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