Mubarak holds meetings on Syrian - Lebanese crisis

Published March 23rd, 2006 - 02:08 GMT

Syria's Vice President Farouk al-Shara arrived in Sharm al-Sheikh on Thursday in a working visit to Egypt. Shara was received at the airport by Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, Sameh Fahmi, Governor of South Sinaa,  Gen. Hani Mutwali and Syria’s Ambassador in Cairo Youssef Ahmad.


Shara was scheduled to meet Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. The talks will focus on international pressure on Syria over its alleged role in the assassination of Lebanon's ex-Premier Rafic Hariri in February 2005 and the soured ties between Beirut and Damascus, the Cairo-based Al-Ahram said.


Earlier, Mubarak held talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora focussing on strained relations between Lebanon and Syria, a presidential source said. According to AFP, the meeting in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh covered internal talks in Lebanon aimed at breaking political deadlock, the source added.


Al-Ahram added that the talks between Mubarak and Siniora would also cover the UN investigation of Hariri's assassination.


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