Syrian president, Lebanese lawmaker discuss political crisis in Lebanon

12:52, January 16, 2011      

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese parliament member Walid Jumblatt held talks here Saturday to discuss the deteriorating situation in Lebanon, Syrian official SANA news agency reported.

The talks focused on the latest development in Lebanon after the collapse of the government as 11 ministers from the 30-seat cabinet declared resignation on Wednesday, SANA reported.

Tensions among the Lebanese parties increased after leaks alleged that the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon is expected to issue an indictment against members of the Lebanese Hezbollah group over the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in Beirut in 2005.

In October 2010, al-Assad discussed with Jumblatt here efforts to solve the problems that posed a threat to Lebanon's security and stability.

Source: Xinhua
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