Syrian president, Qatari emir discuss Lebanon crisis

13:54, January 21, 2011      

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani discussed here on Thursday the Lebanon political crisis, Syrian official SANA news agency reported.

The two leaders stressed their efforts to keep security and stability in Lebanon through easing the tensions among the Lebanese parties, the report said.

The talks came two days after Syria, Turkey and Qatar held summit in Damascus, which aimed at defusing tensions among rival parties in Lebanon over a UN-backed court probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

Damascus summit confirmed its support for the Syrian-Saudi initiative to put an end for the political and security deterioration in Lebanon, SANA said.

On Tuesday Qatar's Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jaber al-Thani and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu paid a visit to Beirut to mediate a solution for Lebanon's deepening political crisis.

However, the two officials announced on Thursday they have suspended their mediation efforts after two days of intensive talks with rival parties which failed to achieve any breakthrough.

Source: Xinhua
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