Egyptian-Saudi summit over Lebanon crisis
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Sunday on ways to solve Lebanon's presidential deadlock, state media reported. They held talks in Riyadh on "the current crisis in Lebanon and the Arab efforts to solve it," the official SPA news agency said.
According to SPA, the two leaders also discussed the "continuing Israeli attacks" on the Palestinian people and the need to preserve the security and territorial integrity of Iraq.
An Arab diplomat in Riyadh told AFP that Jordan's King Abdullah II would also visit the kingdom on Wednesday for talks on the Arab summit which is due to take place in Syria late March. Saudi Arabia has not yet received a formal invitation from Syria to attend the March 29-30 summit amid tensions between the two countries over Lebanon's presidential crisis. "There is a crisis in ties with the Syrian government, with Lebanon the main reason," a Saudi official told AFP. "Damascus has not joined in efforts, including the Arab initiative, to elect a consensus president," the official said.