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Lebanon Reconsiders Participation at the Islamic Summit

Wednesday, 08 November 2000 12:00 AM

The Islamic summit was scheduled for Sunday in Doha, but a number of Arab countries seem unwilling to attend because Qatar has not frozen its ties with Israel in line with resolutions adopted last month during an emergency Arab summit in Cairo that were meant to show support with the Palestinian uprising.

A Lebanese government source told United Press International that "the Lebanese government in consultation with the president of the republic is studying a review of its participation in the Islamic summit which will take place in Qatar because of the continued deterioration in the occupied Arab territories."

The Cairo summit called on Arab countries without peace agreements with Israel to halt contacts with Israel and close Israeli offices in their respective capitals. Oman, Tunisia and Morocco respected the Arab summit resolutions and froze ties with Israel while Qatar has so far refrained from severing its own trade relations with the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese al-Mostqabal newspaper said Qatar was "seriously thinking" of closing the Israeli trade office in its capital, Doha, during the Islamic summit and that Qatar asked Israeli employees to leave the country.

Al-Mostqabal quoted Qatari sources as saying that the office closure might take place during the summit but it would be only a temporary measure.

Earlier Wednesday, Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abdel Aziz said he would boycott the meeting to protest Qatar's failure to close the Israeli trade office.

Saudi Arabia confirmed its boycott in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency, which said that the Saudi kingdom "regrets to announce that it will not take part in the Islamic summit with the hope that more appropriate circumstances be available for allowing it to participate and contribute to this summit."

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