"The Council of Ministers has decided against Lebanon's participation in the Arab summit scheduled for March 29 in Damascus," Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said after the cabinet meeting.
"This is is a regrettable precedent that was imposed upon us," he said.
"By not taking part in the summit, Lebanon wanted to reaffirm that it should be represented by its head of state at such a meeting and that the Lebanese were unwilling to accept the status quo," Aridi said.
While adding that the decision did not mean cutting off ties with Syria, he also invited Arab states to assist the rebuilding of Lebanese-Syrian relations on healthy grounds.
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