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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Lebanese foreign minister to skip Arab League meeting, source says

Gebran Bassil is the son-in-law of Lebanese president Michel Aoun, an ally of Iran-backed Hizbollah

Lebanon foreign minister Gebran Bassil. Cynthia Karam / Reuters
Lebanon foreign minister Gebran Bassil. Cynthia Karam / Reuters

Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Bassil will not be attending the emergency Arab League meeting on Sunday to discuss Iran’s interference in the affairs of Arab countries.

"This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League," a foreign ministry source told AFP.

"Foreign minister Gebran Bassil will not be present."

Mr Bassil is the son-in-law of Lebanese president Michel Aoun, an ally of Iran-backed Hizbollah.

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