Bassil Thanks Qatar Emir for 'Breaking Siege' on Doha, Beirut Summit

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Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Sunday thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for attending a Beirut economic summit in the absence of the vast majority of Arab leaders.

“We thank the Mauritanian president who traveled for seven hours to attend the summit and we thank Qatar's emir who broke the siege and traveled for five hours to attend it,” Bassil said at a press conference at the end of the summit’s works on Sunday, referring to the embargo that is imposed on Qatar by most Gulf states.

Qatar's ruler had abruptly left for his country after attending the summit for around an hour.

The emir of the tiny yet wealthy and influential Gulf state had suddenly decided Saturday to attend the summit. Media reports said President Michel Aoun called the emir and convinced him to attend.

The other leaders' absence appeared to be a snub to Lebanon, where pro-Syrian groups led by Hibullah had insisted that Syria should be invited.

Separately, Bassil described the summit’s statement on Syrian refugees as a “victory for Lebanon and a solidarity move by the Arab countries towards the hosting countries and their sacrifices.”

And noting that he sensed “responsiveness” during the summit regarding the issue of Syria’s return to the Arab League, Bassil noted that Lebanon has not “communicated” with Syria over this issue.

“We do not know its stance on this issue and we’re only expressing Lebanon’s viewpoint, because Syria’s return to the League is part of its return to the Arab embrace,” Bassil added.

And regretting the absence of Libya, the minister urged the Libyan leadership to “perform all its duties to unveil the fate of Imam Moussa al-Sadr,” noting that the cleric “is not the imam of Shiite Muslims but rather the best role model for coexistence.”

Comments 8
Thumb eagledawn 21 January 2019, 00:16

Vive le blacacabla
la blague du jour
comme tous les jours

Thumb thepatriot 21 January 2019, 02:17


Thumb libanaisresilient 21 January 2019, 22:13

Not more than you

Thumb s.o.s 21 January 2019, 05:43

Anybody here also enjoying the lunar eclipse this early morning? trying to get sharp shots.

Thumb libanaisresilient 21 January 2019, 22:12

I did, from Brazil, amazing view!

Thumb whyaskwhy 21 January 2019, 16:56

Why no mention of Djibuti and its many attributes towards humanity and its huge financial aid to Lebanon? tsk tsk tsk Somalia in retribution to the Kuwaiti and Qatari $50MM donation each will provide free Bananas for a month for the ailing Arab league. Well done president Mohamad Abdulahi Mohamed for your contribution those banana will be put to good use by the league!

Thumb warrior 22 January 2019, 06:56

excellent comment! Do you have a life, a job, a family or are you homeless?

Missing cedars 22 January 2019, 02:00

What's the summit has to do with role models?
Where is Habib chartouni and Assad both of which are accused and confirmed of killing MANY role models and victimizing many and many innocent people as well as destroying religion places such as mosques and churches.