The U.N. commission probing the assassination of Lebanon's ex-Primier Rafik al-Hariri has asked to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara, its spokeswoman revealed on Monday. "The commission has sent a request to interview Syrian President Assad and Foreign Minister Shara, among others," the spokeswoman told Reuters.
There was no immediate Syrian government comment on the request, the second time investigators have asked to meet with the president. The first time was in July and then Damascus refused.
Meanwhile, sources told the Beirut-based Al-Nahar newspaper that the committee will also seek to meet former Syrian vice president Abdelhalim Khaddam following his Friday's comments that Hariri was threatened by senior Syrian officials, including the president himself, months before his assassination in Beirut.