Lebanon to boycott Arab summit in Syria

March 25, 2008 22:21

Lebanon's Information Minister Ghazi Aridi says the government will not attend this month's Arab summit in Syria. Aridi says one of the main reasons for boycotting the meeting was parliament's failure to elect a new Lebanese president. Many members of Lebanon's pro-Western majority blame Syria for working with the country's opposition to block the election. Syria denies the accusation. Tuesday's decision to boycott the conference was widely expected after Saudi Arabia announced the day before that it was sending a lower level official to the meeting rather than the king

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