Syria may invite Lebanon during OIC summit

Syria decided to reduce the number of guests invited along with the Arab leaders to the Arab summit it will host in late March, a source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry announced.

Syria may invite Lebanon during OIC summit
The source said in a statement published in Al-Safeer Lebanese paper on Wednesday that the decision aims to allow for more discussion among the Arab leaders.

Damascus noticed that the opening sessions of previous summits usually took a whole day because of the large number of speeches given by leaders and guests, he said.

Therefore, to save time, only a limited number of foreign ministers of regional and foreign countries will be invited, he added.

The paper said that the source's announcement prove wrong the expectations that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish President Abdullah Gul would be among the summit's attendance as observers.

Meanwhile, the source said the Lebanon will be invited to attend the summit in the right time and the right manner, refusing to give more details on the issue.

Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa had said in a press conference on Tuesday that Lebanon will be invited in a few days.

In the meantime, Al-Nahar paper said Syria might invite Lebanon to the summit during the summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) that will kick off on Thursday in Senegal.

Syria might hand the invitation to the Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, it pointed out.

The Arab summit will be held in Damascus on March 29 and 30. All Arab nations were invited to participate in it except for Lebanon which is suffering from a complex political crisis for failure to elect a new president since the term of former president Emile Lahoud ended on November 24.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Mart 2008, 15:46