Syrian president meets Saudi Arabia intelligence chief

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief in a rare high-level encounter between the two countries.

Syrian president meets Saudi Arabia intelligence chief

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief on Sunday in a rare high-level encounter between the two countries.

Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz gave Assad a message from Saudi King Abdullah about "bilateral ties and the importance of consultation and coordination between the two sides", the official news agency said.

Assad and Abdullah met briefly at a summit in Kuwait in January shortly after the end of Israel's three-week assault on Gaza. Assad said late last month that there have been no practical steps to improve ties since.

Relations between Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, and Damascus plummeted over Syria's policy toward Lebanon and Syria's decision to reinforce its alliance with Shi'ite Iran in the last few years.

Damascus and Riyadh back opposing political forces in Lebanon and former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was assassinated in Beirut in 2005, was well connected with the Saudi monarchy and had Saudi nationality

Reuters

Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2009, 17:08
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