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The Arab Economic Summit kicked off Wednesday in the Lebanese capital Beirut, amidst the absence of most of the Arab leaders and leaders who apologized for participating in person and sent their representatives.
Sheikh Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah on Thursday apologized for participating in the summit to join a list of leaders who will not attend the summit, including Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who will be represented by Prime Minister Mustapha Medbouli, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who will be represented by Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, Omar al-Bashir, who will be represented by his first deputy, Major General Bakri Hassan Saleh.
According to the information received, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has apologized for the participation also and will send a ministerial delegation.
Arab officials attending the summit preparatory meetings, including Saudi Finance Minister Hamad bin Sulaiman al-Bazri, explained that the Saudi finance minister will head the Saudi delegation, which is composed of officials from the finance and foreign ministries.
Also on Thursday were Deputy Foreign Minister of Yemen Mohammad Abdullah al-Hadrami, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim and Moroccan Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Tazi who said that Morocco would be represented at the summit by its Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
Djibouti's Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Yusuf arrived in Beirut on Thursday as well as Somalia's ambassador to Cairo, Abdul Ghani Mohammed and Ais, who said Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mehdi Mohamed Guled would represent his country at the summit.
Earlier, al-Wefaq announced the cancellation of Libya's participation in the Beirut summit, after the supporters of the Lebanese Amal movement to drop the Libyan flag, from the venue of the summit to reject Libyan participation.
Participation will be confined to the level of presidents and leaders in the Tunisian Presidents Béji Kayed Sebsi and Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.