MANAMA, Bahrain, March 26 (UPI) -- Bahrain announced Friday King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa will be absent from the Arab summit in Tunisia on March 29-30.
An official statement said Prime Minister Sheik Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa will lead Bahrain's delegation to the two-day summit.
Al-Khalifa is the second Arab leader to say he would not attend the summit. Saudi de-facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah made a similar announcement earlier, fueling reports the parley might be postponed.
But in Tunisia, Arab foreign ministers working on the summit's agenda dismissed the reports vowing to ensure the parley's success.