Arab leaders continue to visit Syria this week for talks on the Lebanese crisis and the coming four-nation Arab summit in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.
Arab leaders continue to visit Syria this week for talks on the Lebanese crisis and the coming four-nation Arab summit in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. On Monday (17 May) the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ahmad Khalifa As-Suwaidi, had talks with the Syrian Prime Minister, Mehmoud Al Ayoubi. On the same day, the Syrian Foreign Minister, Abdel Halid Khaddam, held talks with the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Habib Chatti. The Riyadh summit to have been held this week, has been postponed.
Diplomatic activity in Damascus reached a height this week, with several Arab leaders visiting to discuss what have been described in official statements as "current problems in the Arab World".
Official sources in Saudi Arabia quoted by Reuters had expected the coming Riyadh talks to feature the situation in Lebanon, where fierce fighting continues between right - and left-wing factions.
The head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, and the Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Salem Jalloud also held talks with Syria's President Hafez Al-Assad on Monday. A PLO statement said the talks centred on the Lebanon situation. The Palestinians have been pressing for wider Arab participation in finding a solution to end the Lebanese civil war.
SYNOPSIS: Syrian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Al Ayoubi, hosted talks on Monday with the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ahmad Khalifa As-Suwaidi. Diplomatic activity in Damascus has reached a peak this week, as a prelude to the four-nation Arab summit in Riyadh and as part of inter-Arab efforts to bring about peace in the Lebanon. Official statements from Arab leaders visiting Damascus have described the meetings as "discussions of current problems in the Arab world".
The United Arab Emirates will not be participating in the Riyadh summit. It will be restricted to Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Officials in Saudi Arabia say the summit will deal with the Lebanese situation.
Also on Monday, the Tunisian Foreign Minister, Habib Chatti, had talks with his Syrian counterpart, Abdel Halid Khaddam.
The Riyadh summit was to have been held this week, but has been postponed. The Tunisian Foreign Minister will deliver a message from President Bourguiba to Syria's President Assad.