King Salman and Hariri disembark from a helicopter that flew them from the Dead Sea to Amman enroute to Riyadh. (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra)
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Bearing a message of peace to the Arab Summit, President Michel Aoun Wednesday called for cooperation and reconciliation across the Arab world, a process he said Lebanon could be an intrinsic part of.Aoun was accompanied by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Economy Minister Raed Khoury as part of the Lebanese delegation.A letter penned by former Lebanese leaders – former presidents Michel Sleiman and Amine Gemayel, as well as former prime ministers Fouad Siniora, Tammam Salam and Najib Mikati – to the summit decrying nonstate arms was seen as an attempt to undermine Lebanon's official position.During the Cabinet session chaired by Aoun in Baabda to discuss the electricity reform plan, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil was first to bring up the subject, claiming it weakened Lebanon's united position at the Arab Summit."The letter is to boost Lebanon's position and is aimed at pointing out that there are viewpoints that reject the silence on illegitimate arms," he told a local TV station. He denied that the letter aimed to discredit Aoun's term as president.
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