The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BEIRUT – The Lebanese Future Movement’s parliamentary bloc Tuesday praised the convening of the Arab economic summit as an act of renewed confidence in Lebanon, while criticizing street protests staged by Amal Movement supporters over Libya’s invitation to the event.
The bloc also criticized calls, mainly by Speaker Nabih Berri, the head of the Amal Movement, and other Amal officials for the summit to be postponed over Libya’s participation and the failure to invite Syria. It said opposing Libya’s participation in the summit would not benefit the case of the missing Shiite Imam Musa Sadr.
The bloc’s stance came a day after the Libyan Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) announced it would boycott the 2019 Arab Economic and Social Development Summit set to be held in Beirut on Jan. 19-20, after Amal supporters Sunday night tore down and burned a Libyan flag near the summit venue and replaced it with the Amal flag.