Bassil Laments Libya's Beirut Summit Boycott in Letter to Counterpart

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Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Monday voiced regret over Libya's decision to boycott Beirut's upcoming Arab economic summit, in a letter he addressed to his Libyan counterpart.

Bassil also “categorically rejected” the acts in Beirut that have “targeted the State of Libya and its participation,” noting that they “do not reflect” his stance or that of Lebanon.

He also stressed his keenness on the ties between the two countries and the need to “put them on the right track,” while underscoring that “Lebanon will not at all relinquish its national duty to unveil the date of disappeared Imam Moussa al-Sadr and his two companions” in order to “resolve this case which has strained ties between the two countries for more than four decades.”

Earlier in the day, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj confirmed that Libya has officially decided to boycott Beirut's summit in protest at the flag incident and the reported barring of Libyan businessmen from entering Lebanon.

Libya’s High Council of State has also demanded the severing of ties with Lebanon over the flag incident.

On Sunday, supporters of the AMAL Movement replaced a Libyan flag with their movement’s flag near the Seaside Arena venue in Beirut in protest at the invitation of Libya to the summit. They also removed another flag in the Zaytunay Bay area.

Tensions have surged in recent days over the issue of Libya’s participation.

AMAL accuses the former regime of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi of kidnapping its revered founder Imam Moussa al-Sadr during a visit to Libya in 1978.

The case has strained Libyan-Lebanese ties for the past four decades and in recent days the invitation and talk of the possibility of freeing Gadhafi’s son Hannibal from Lebanese prisons have deepened tensions between AMAL and Bassil's Free Patriotic Movement.

Comments 3
Thumb s.o.s 14 January 2019, 18:22

The new Libyans aren’t responsible for the crimes committed under Ghadaffi just like the new Syrians won’t be responsible for crimes committed by the Assads. These Amal thugs should be held accountable for interfering with the Arab League. Perhaps Lebanon should be boycotted at the next summit by all.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 14 January 2019, 19:38

What he rejects or accepts is insignificant, just like the self styled strong Christian president. Hezbollah and to follow Amal are the real rulers of this country. They decide war and piece, who forms the government, who can come into Lebanon, who controls the border, etc. The General Security now gets their orders, not from the president of the republic as stipulated by the constitution, but from a sectarian party controlled from Iran. In 2011 Aoun and his 11 ministers could not stop Hezbollah from hijacking the traditional Christian post of General Security head and appoint their Shiite, he's paying for this failure now.

Al-Akhbar 14 Jan 2019
يعمد الأمن العام إلى منع دخول الوفد إلى المطار، انطلاقاً من حرصه على منع دخول أي طرف يؤدي إلى مشاكل أمنية، ومن حرصه على حماية الوفود المشاركة في القمة. وأوضحت المصادر أن الأمن العام كان سيمتنع عن منح تأشيرات لدخول الوفد الليبي، وفي حال منحت وزارة الخارجية الوفد تأشيرات من إحدى السفارات، فإن الامن العام لن يسمح للوفد بالدخول.

Thumb liberty 15 January 2019, 05:42

because the shia general security takes orders from the shia terrorist groups.