Kadhafi, Assad due in Saudi Arabia for Separate Talks on Intifada, Arab Summit
Libyan leader Moammer Kadhafi and Syrian President Bashar Assad are due to visit Saudi Arabia this week for separate talks on Israeli-Palestinian violence and a planned Arab summit, reported Reuters, quoting Saudi newspapers.
They said Kadhafi, who is on an Arab tour, was due to arrive in Riyadh on Tuesday for a three-day visit, while Assad is due in the kingdom later in the week.
The two Arab leaders, who held talks in Damascus on Saturday, will meet Saudi King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah for discussions on the violence that has killed 83 people, mostly Palestinians, and a planned emergency Arab summit, the papers said.
The Syrian president agreed with Kadhafi that there was a "dangerous situation created by Israel in Palestine and its surroundings," Assad spokesman Gebran Kurieh said in a statement, according to AFP.
The two heads of state made no mention of Israel's threat to retaliate against Syria, if violence did not end along Israel's border with Lebanon, AFP added.
Hizbollah movement launched rockets at Israeli positions Saturday in the disputed Shabaa Farms area and took three Israeli soldiers hostage, saying it wanted to free Lebanese militants held in Israel and avenge the past week's killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces.
But Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq Shara praised Hizbollah's actions, saying "what the Lebanese national resistance is doing in the occupied Lebanese territories at Shabaa and its demand to win the freedom of prisoners are legitimate," added AFP.
Shara shared his view in telephone conversations Saturday with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and told them that Israel was responsible for "the dangerous escalation in south Lebanon," according to AFP - (Several Sources)
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