Lebanese president not to attend Libyan Arab summit

10:49, March 12, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman will not represent Lebanon at the next Arab summit in Libya, Information Minister Tarek Mitri said on Thursday.

In a statement issued after a cabinet meeting led by Suleiman on Thursday in the presidential palace near Beirut, Mitri said that the Lebanese president "briefed the cabinet on his recent visit to Saudi Arabia."

He added that Suleiman spoke about "his meeting with Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, who will not meet him during the next Arab summit because the President is not going to participate in it."

Arab League Chief Amr Moussa said last February that "Lebanon's participation in the Arab summit in Libya is indisputable, but the level of representation depends on the Lebanese situation."

"I understand the stance of a major sector of the Lebanese society; the issue must be taken into consideration," he added.

Moussa was referring to the disappearance of Shiite leader Moussa Sadr in Libya in 1978.

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri, a Shiite politician, called for boycotting the upcoming Arab summit in Libya on March 27, saying that this country remains responsible for Sadr's disappearance.

Source: Xinhua
  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2010/11 women's ready-to-wear fashion show
  • Snapshots from Int'l Tourism Bourse in Berlin
  • High school students in Taiwan attend coming-of-age rite
  • Envy? Baby otter dossing down on mom's stomach
  • 1000th day of Israeli blockade on Gaza Strip marked
  • 20th anniversary of Lithuania's declaration of independence
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion