Beirut to send envoy to Arab League summit

March 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 25 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government said it was sending a low-level representative to attend the Arab League summit in Tripoli, ending a boycott threat.

The Lebanese government decided to have its ambassador to Cairo, Khaled Ziyadeh, represent Beirut at the summit for the Arab League next week in Tripoli.

The Beirut government said it would boycott the summit in Libya because it blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for the 1978 disappearance of Shiite cleric Musa Sadr. Libya says he disappeared after he left the country for Italy.

Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, said in early March that lawmakers were worried that attending the summit could exacerbate divisions in the Lebanese unity government.

The Future Movement Party of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said it supported representation at the summit because regional issues could have an impact on the Lebanese state of affairs, Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper reports.

The decision to have Ziyadeh represent the Lebanese government was seen as a compromise.

Lebanese Information Minister Tariq Mitri said delegates at the Arab summit would put a measure on the agenda dealing with the Israeli threat to Lebanon.

Border tensions between Israel and Lebanon are escalating despite a 2006 cease-fire.

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