Lebanon’s Higher Islamic Shiite Council, which held an emergency on Friday, called on the concerned Lebanese authorities not to invite the Libyan delegation to the economic summit to be held in Beirut, accusing the Lebanese authorities of laxity in this dossier.
The Council warned against “ignoring the popular reactions that may result from insisting on inviting the Libyan delegation,” stressing that “meetings will be kept open so as to follow-up on the developments and take the appropriate measures.”
Imam Sadr founded the Lebanese Amal (Hope) Movement in 1974. The cleric who is of Iranian descent came to Lebanon in 1959 to work for the rights of Shia Muslims in the port city of Tyre, located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Beirut.
His eminence disappeared on August 31, 1978, during an official visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli.
He was accompanied by Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine.
Lebanon still holds former Libyan authorities under rule of dictator Moammar Gaddafi responsible for the disappearance of the trio.
Since Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011, Lebanon and Iran have repeatedly called on the Libyan government to launch an investigation into Sadr’s disappearance.
Hannibal Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, is currently in custody in Lebanon, facing charges of withholding information regarding Sayyed Sadr’s case.