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Lebanon's Berri urges postponement of Arab Economic Summit, MPs say

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(Reuters) - Berri called on Wednesday for an economic summit due to take place this month in to be postponed because had failed to agree a new government.

Berri also asserted "again the necessity of having participate in such a summit", lawmakers from his parliamentary bloc quoted him as saying at a meeting.

The suspended Syria's membership seven years ago after the government crackdown on mass protests against

Some Arab states, including ones that had backed rebels, are now seeking to reconcile with Assad's state, which has recovered most of the country with Russian and Iranian help.

Last month, the re-opened its embassy in and Sudanese became the first Arab to visit since the conflict began. For to be reinstated, the League must reach a consensus.

Egypt's said on Tuesday must take several steps before it can return to the League, including making political progress in defunct U.N. peace talks.

"When this happens, we can talk about the matter. At this time, there is nothing new qualifying it," he said.

Assad's Lebanese allies, including Berri and Iran-backed Hezbollah fighting alongside the Syrian army, have ramped up calls for to join the summit.

The Lebanese presidency seemed to be pressing ahead with plans to host the summit in Beirut, inviting journalists on Wednesday to apply for accreditation in time.

(Reporting by by Robin Pomeroy)

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:53 IST