Jordan's Prime Minister and Defence Minister have joined in the round of urgent talks among Arab leaders trying to solve the war in Lebanon.
GV INTERIOR Jordanian Prime Minister (left) seated with President Assad
SV Officials seated PAN ACROSS TO Assad and Jordanian P.M. (3 shots)
The Syrian President received members of the Arab League on Wednesday (9 June) to discuss the Lebanese crisis. The four envoys arrived from Cairo where an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers had called for an immediate ceasefire, withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon (now believed to total about 12,000), the formation of the peacekeeping force and a round-table conference of Lebanese factions to discuss a political settlement. The following day (10 June) the Arab League decided to send the peacekeeping force and some troops have already been deployed. Syria agreed to stop its troops advancing on the capital Beirut but news reports indicate that this has not happened so far.
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Background: Jordan's Prime Minister and Defence Minister have joined in the round of urgent talks among Arab leaders trying to solve the war in Lebanon. Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad spent several hours talking to the Jordanians in Damascus yesterday (11 June).
SYNOPSIS: Jordan's premier Zeid Al-Rifai joined President Assad at the presidential palace for the talks. Leaders from many Arab countries have been meeting in the last few days in attempts to find a lasting solution to the Lebanese civil war. One of the pressing topics is the formation of the joint Arab peacekeeping force to enter Lebanon. Troops from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Sudan and the Palestine Liberation Organisation are ready to advance. Jordan's Defence Minister Al Sharif Zeid Ibn Shaker joined in the discussions with top Syrian ministers.