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Lebanese Senior Official Says FM Bassil May Not Attend Arab League Meeting

Lebanese Senior Official Says FM Bassil May Not Attend Arab League Meeting

Saturday, 18 November, 2017 - 20:00
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil talks during an interview with Reuters
Beirut – Asharq Al-Awsat English

Lebanon’s foreign minister may not attend an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday and a final decision will be taken in the morning, a senior Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday.


Reuters cited the official as saying that Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wanted to avoid an upfront confrontation at the meeting with Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies over the regional role the Iran-aligned Lebanese group Hezbollah is playing.


Saudi Arabia is seeking to counter Hezbollah's effect carrying out Tehran's expansionist agenda.


"The importance of Hezbollah for Iran as an overseas fighting force, which operates alongside its own military, cannot be underestimated. Since its establishment in Lebanon in the early 1980s by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force, Hezbollah has fought wars and carried out deadly attacks against civilians in foreign lands that have proven its worth as a terror group," said political analyst Tony Duheaume in a column piece published on Al Arabiya.


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