'Lebanon not to accept summit invitation from Arab League'

Lebanese Communications Minister Marwan Hamada said here Tuesday his country would not accept any invitation from the Arab League to attend the coming Arab summit in Damascus.

'Lebanon not to accept summit invitation from Arab League'
Speaking to the local Lebanese radio, the minister said, "A decision to attend the Arab summit has not yet been made as long as no invitation has turned up. The final assessment of the importance of attendance is still under consideration."

"Lebanon has a constitutionally recognized authority that is undertaking presidential powers that is the cabinet. Thence, there is no potentiality of accepting invitations through foreign diplomacy or the Arab League secretariat, " he said.

The Lebanese minister added that the principle of attendance and the Lebanese speech would be discussed at the cabinet.

Lebanon is the only Arab country that has not yet received any invitation to attend the forthcoming Arab summit due to be held in Damascus on March 20-30.

Lebanon may be invited by the Arab League or a Syrian diplomat to attend the meeting, reliable political sources suggested.

Lebanon has been suffering a presidential vacuum since November when former president Emile Lahoud's term of office elapsed.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mart 2008, 17:47