The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Rashid Karami arrived in Cairo, Egypt on Monday (13?
The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Rashid Karami arrived in Cairo, Egypt on Monday (13 September) for talks with Egyptian Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem and President Sadat.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Karami flew into Cairo after seeing Syrian leaders and was greeted at the airport by Mr. Salem and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy. Shortly afterwards they started their talks, which are aimed at ending the civil war in Lebanon. the discussions are also seen as paving the way for an Arab summit conference, which is scheduled to take place in Cairo next month. Other Lebanese leaders including Falangist Party head Pierre Gemayel and former Prime Minister Saeb Salam are also expected in Cairo soon.
On Tuesday (14 September) Mr. Karami began talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, but the generally positive atmosphere for political negotiations to end the Lebanese civil war has been marred by renewed clashes in Beirut. On Monday witnesses at the Museum crossing point on the "Green Line", which divides leftist West Beirut from the rightist East, said sniper fire was followed by rightist mortaring of leftist positions.
According to Reuters news agency, if fighting continues at the Museum, which is patrolled by Arab League peacekeeping forces, it is likely to diminish hopes of a negotiated peace later this month, when President-elect Elias Sarkis takes over from President Suleiman Franjieh. As the civil war entered its 18th month on Monday, rival radio stations in Lebanon reported that there was fighting on all four major fronts -- in particular in the northern port of Tripoli.