Lebanon to host Arab League meeting at weekend, govt says

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Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib holds a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia, November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool

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June 28 (Reuters) - A delegation from Arab League countries will travel to Lebanon for a two-day gathering that includes meetings with the crisis-ridden country's top officials, Beirut's caretaker government said on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib said leaders including Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit would arrive in Lebanon on Friday.

Bou Habib said the final list of attendees had yet to be confirmed but included ministers from several Arab countries who would meet with Lebanon's president, caretaker prime minister and the speaker of parliament.

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A government source confirmed Aboul Gheit would meet with President Michel Aoun on Saturday.

In his last visit to Lebanon in March, the Arab League chief had announced the body's next consultative ministerial meeting would take place in Beirut ahead of the full summit in Algeria in November.

Gulf countries once invested heavily in Lebanon but have shunned it in recently years due to the sway of Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Several Gulf countries withdrew their ambassadors last year over a Hezbollah-aligned minister's criticism of Saudi Arabia and its allies over the Yemen war.

The envoys have since returned.

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Writing by Maya Gebeily; editing by Deepa Babington

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