Arab League Secretary General, Mahmoud Riad, had talks in Damascus on Thursday (8 July) with Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad and Syrian Deputy Defence Minister, General Naji Jamil, the commander of the Syrian forces in Lebanon on the Lebanese crisis.
GV INTERIOR: Left to right: Syrian President Hafez al-Assad Arab League Secretary General Mr. Mahmoud Riad and General Naji Jamil, the Syrian Deputy Defence Minister seated and talking
SV: President al-Assad and Mr. Riad seated and talking
SV PAN FROM: Mr. Riad to President al-Assad
GV PAN FROM: General Jamil across to Mr. Riad and President al-Assad
GV: General Jamil, Mr. Riad and President al-Assad seated and talking
The Palestinian-Lebanese leftist alliance says the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon is a major factor in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict. Syria intervened directly in the crisis last month, claiming it was an attempt to halt the civil war. The alliance has claimed that Syrian troops are actively supporting the right-wing Lebanese christians against alliance forces.
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Background: Arab League Secretary General, Mahmoud Riad, had talks in Damascus on Thursday (8 July) with Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad and Syrian Deputy Defence Minister, General Naji Jamil, the commander of the Syrian forces in Lebanon on the Lebanese crisis.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Riad's meeting with President al-Assad and General Jamil, followed a week of his shutting between Damascus and Beirut in a bid to solve the crisis. Mr. Riad heads the Arab League initiative trying to find a peaceful solution to the Lebanese crisis. No statement on his talks with the Syrian President was issued. However, Mr. Riad said later in Cairo - where he returned later that day - that there was still no sign of an end to the conflict. Syria has agreed to start withdrawing troops from Lebanon, but has been accused by the Palestinian-Lebanese leftist alliance of failing to carry out that pledge.