AL chief: Lebanon's participation in Libya's summit still under discussion

10:37, March 18, 2010      

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The visiting Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa Wednesday said Lebanon's participation in the Arab summit in Libya is still under discussion, adding that his meeting with Lebanese officials might lead to the country's appearance in the summit.

After his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in the presidential palace near Beirut, Moussa told reporters that " the issue of (Lebanon's) participation in the Arab summit is under discussion."

Moussa refused to comment on Libya's invitation to Lebanon to the summit, which is slated for March 27-28, via the Lebanese embassy in Damascus, instead of delivering it directly to Suleiman.

However, he stressed through his discussions, there could be some hope for Lebanon's participation.

Moussa, who also met with Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Ali Shami, announced that Lebanese officials have not asked "to include the issue of Imam Moussa Sadr in Libya's Arab Summit agenda."

The Shiite leader Moussa Sadr disappeared in Libya in 1978.

"If Lebanon wanted to enlist the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr as an item in the Arab summit agenda, it should have asked that," he added.

Last week, reports said Suleiman decided not to represent Lebanon in the summit.

However, local daily Al-Liwaa quoted Arab diplomatic sources as saying that Moussa is trying to ensure "adequate" Lebanese participation in the Arab summit in Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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