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Consultative Gathering supports postponement of economic summit until Syria returns to Arab League

The Consultative Gathering for the Independence Sunni MPs on Thursday voiced support for postponing the imminent Arab economic summit, scheduled to take place on January 19 in Beirut, until the return of Syria to the Arab League.

"Holding the economic summit under the motto of prosperity and peace while avoiding Syria invitation (...) do not serve Lebanon which has adopted the dissociation policy," MP Omar Karami told reporters following a meeting for the Gathering at his residence.

"The Consultative Gathering sees that it is alright if the economic summit is put off, until Syria recuperates its natural position inside the Arab League," he said.

"As to the government dossier, we are keen to clarify that the Consultative Gathering did not ask the President of the republic to give up on his share; this was the President's own initiative. However, we were surprised when this concession came with a condition," he explained.

"The Consultative Gathering is not concerned with any proposals or initiatives as long as they are not discussed with us," he added.

"The sole key to open the closed doors is in the hands of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri," Karami stressed.

"The Consultative Gathering still maintains its positive stand from the President's initiative," he concluded.

Source: National News Agency