BEIRUT: An Amal Movement conference planned for Friday was canceled for “security reasons” relating to the party's leader, Speaker Nabih Berri, who was to attend the meeting, NBN TV said.
The television station, a mouthpiece for the Amal Movement, said the party canceled the Optional Conference that was set to take place at 10 a.m. Friday at UNESCO palace in Beirut “after receiving security-related information from security officials.”
Shortly after the announcement on NBN, an Amal statement said the conference had been put off due to “official security information and following contacts with Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and the security forces.”
The Interior Ministry also issued a statement saying the conference had been postponed to a later date.
The short statement did not give a reason for the postponement of the conference that was to be attended by dozens of mukhtars from various Lebanese regions.
Berri is one of the main targets on a hit list of Muslim fundamentalist groups in Lebanon, according to information obtained by the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch in March.
Minister for Administrative Development Nabil de Freij said political officials had been aware of threats against them.
“We have recently received information ... about assassination attempts that could target political figures in Lebanon, including Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri,” de Freij told a local radio station.