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Diplomatic crisis with Lebanon over ‘disrespecting Libyan flag’

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The diplomatic crisis between Libya and Lebanon intensified on Monday against the backdrop of Lebanese Shia factions, including the Amal movement led by Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri, allegedly disrespecting the Libyan flag and attacking Libya’s Embassy in Beirut. The Libyan Government of National Accord announced the cancellation of its participation in the Arab Economic Summit, to be held in Beirut later this week.

“The ministry decided officially not to participate at any level in the summit,” explained the spokesman of the Libyan Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Omar Al-Arbad. “The seat of the State of Libya will be vacant.”

According to Libya’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Siala, security staff at Beirut Airport refused entry to Libyan businessmen........

© Middle East Monitor