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Libyan Newswire

LIBYA WON’T BE ALLOWED TO ENTER LEBANON TO ATTEND ARAB ECONOMIC SUMMIT: LAWMAKER

BEIRUT, Lebanon- A Lebanese lawmaker said, the Libyan delegation will be forbidden from entering Lebanon, to attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, schedule for later this month.

“The Libyan delegation may arrive at the airport but it will surely not be capable of entering Lebanon,” Ali Khreis of the Amal Movement, a Lebanese Shiite political party, said.

A day earlier, the Amal Movement announced a plan to launch nationwide protests, to close the airport ahead of the Beirut summit, in a bid to prevent the Libyan delegation from taking part in the event.

“There are also other surprising steps that will be taken by the Amal Movement, to prevent any attempt to normalise ties with Libya, which was not cooperative, with regard to Imam Musa al-Sadr’s issue and his friends,” said sources close to Amal.

Musa al-Sadr, the most prominent and charismatic Shiite voice in the decade before the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975, disappeared alongside Sheikh Muhammad Yaacoub and the journalist, Abbas Badreddine, during an official visit to Libya in Aug, 1978.

Lebanon has been accusing Libya of being responsible for his disappearance.

Meanwhile, Khreis said, the summit must be postponed, if Syria is not invited and Lebanon does not have a new government.

“How can we hold a summit that focuses on Syria’s reconstruction without the attendance of Syria?” he asked.

Earlier in the day, Hossam Zaki, assistant Secretary General of the Arab League, said, the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit will take place on time in Beirut.

“We came here to assist Lebanese authorities in the preparations for the summit,” Zaki said, upon his arrival at the Beirut airport from Cairo, leading a delegation of the Arab League.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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