The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BEIRUT – The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, condemned on Monday, the burning of Libya’s flag in Beirut by individuals protesting Libya’s participation in the economic summit in Lebanon. He called on the Lebanese government to ensure respect for participating delegations.
“The Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed his deep concern about the burning of the flag of Libya in the Lebanese capital Beirut, stressing that it is unacceptable in any case or under any argument that the flag of an Arab country gets burned, especially if this happened on Arab soil,” according to a statement by the Arab League.
“The existence of differences in views or certain political motives do not justify the burning of an Arab flag which symbolizes the stat, its will and unity of its people.”
“In this context, the Secretary-General called upon the authorities of the Lebanese State to ensure full respect for the delegations of the States members of the Arab League which are to participate in the Summit meetings.” The statement concluded.
Tensions have surged in recent days over the issue of Libya’s participation. Members of Amal movement, a major political party in Lebanon, expressed their dissatisfaction with Libya’s participation over the decades-long case of the disappearance of its founder, Imam Moussa al-Sadr.