BEIRUT, Lebanon, Hezbollah said, it is in Lebanon’s interest for Syria to take part in the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, which will take place in Beirut later this month.

“Lebanon is the closest and most important neighbour to Syria and thus, it should initiate in facilitating Syria’s return to the Arab League, from which it had been suspended since 2011,” Hezbollah, a Shiite Islamic political party in Lebanon said, in a statement.

Hezbollah’s statement said there is a positive attitude among Arab countries with regard to opening up to Syria.

“It would be of a great advantage for Lebanon, to be an initiator in this regard,” according to the statement.

The Arab economic summit, an event organised by the Arab League, is concerned primarily with developmental issues in the Arab world.

The event is scheduled for Jan 19-20, 2019, in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

However, Syria may not be able to take part in the summit because the Arab League passed a decree on Nov 12, 2011, that suspends Syria’s membership.

The Arab League said, it froze Syria’s membership because its government failed to stop violence against civilian protesters, back in 2011.

Political parties close to Syria have been pushing Lebanon to invite Syria, while parties loyal to the March 14 coalition, warned of the repercussions of such invitation, particularly if taken without the consent of the Arab League.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Hezbollah said, it is in Lebanon's interest for Syria to take part in the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, which will take place in Beirut later this month.'Lebanon is the closest and most important neighbour to Syria and thus, it should initiate in facilitating Syria's return...