The Lebanon's President elect, Mr. Elias Sarkis, met with two Moslem leaders in Beirut on?
The Lebanon's President elect, Mr. Elias Sarkis, met with two Moslem leaders in Beirut on Thursday (27 May) in moves designed to reach a definite and final peace agreement.
Sunni Moslem leader Sheikh Hassan Khaled and Shyiah community leader Imam Sadr met with Mr. Sarkis at a villa on the Moslem side of the capital.
The immediate of aim of Mr. Sarkis's talks is get Moslem leaders to agree to round-table meetings with the leaders of Beirut's Christian community.
Heavy fighting on Wednesday night (26 May) in which 40 people were killed and another 70 injured has seriously impeded the discussions, but presidential aides believe a meeting between Moslem and Christian leaders will taken place in the near future.
Observers attribute the escalation in fighting to the unsuccessful attempt on the life of prominent Christian Maronite, Mr. Raymond Edde -- the man Mr. Sarkis defeated in the presidential elections earlier this month.
Although nothing concrete has come from the meetings so far, Mr. Sarkis will pursue his policy of peace through negotiation.
He is expected to meet Mr. Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the left wing alliance, within the next few days.