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    Berri to snub Arab meeting on Jerusalem

    BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri will not attend the emergency Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting Wednesday reportedly due to his discontent at the failure to invite Syria to the meeting.
    Speaking to visitors late Sunday, Berri said that he would be sending a representative to the meeting, despite Lebanon officially calling for the meeting during last Saturday’s gathering of the foreign ministers of Arab nations.
    The Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, currently headed by Berri, is set to meet Wednesday in Morocco to discuss the recent decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    Separately, Berri confirmed that members of his Amal Movement would take part in the demonstrations called for by Hezbollah on Monday. He also said that a protest against Trump’s move would be held Tuesday with the participation of various Lebanese political parties and politicians.
    Over the weekend, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding tougher measures to face the unprecedented encroachment on Jerusalem. The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the United States to prevent it from moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, the Arab foreign ministers did not adopt Bassil’s proposal.
    Lebanon subsequently criticized the resolution issued by Arab foreign ministers after their emergency meeting on Jerusalem, saying it fell short of addressing the gravity of the situation. 
     
     

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