Saudi king, Syria's Assad to visit Lebanon together

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and Syrian President al-Assad will visit Lebanon together on Friday to ease political tension over a U.N. tribunal.

Saudi king, Syria's Assad to visit Lebanon together

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will visit Lebanon together on Friday to ease political tension over a U.N. tribunal set up after the 2005 killing of Lebanese statesman Rafik al-Hariri.

"The visit of King Abdullah and President Assad, who are coming together on Friday, will be an answer for all the questions about stability in Lebanon," Nohad al-Machnouk, a member of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's parliamentary bloc, told Reuters on Thursday.

Saudi officials had said King Abdullah would hold talks with Assad in Damascus before heading to Beirut. Syrian officials have not confirmed that Assad would accompany him to Lebanon.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made clear that he would not accept any indictment of Hezbollah members and has questioned the credibility of the tribunal into the 2005 killing of Saad's father, former premier Rafik al-Hariri.

Any indictment of Hezbollah members would strain Lebanon's unity government, which is led by Hariri's son Saad and includes Hezbollah ministers.

Saad al-Hariri, who initially blamed Syria for his father's death, has since tried to ease tensions with Damascus and has made several trips to meet Assad. Syria has denied any involvement in Hariri's killing.

Damascus had re-set relations with Lebanon after improving ties with Saudi Arabia.

Agencies


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