» 03/26/2008, 00.00
LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to boycott Damascus meeting
Syria is blamed for Lebanon’s presidential deadlock. Arab countries fear Iran’s growing influence.
Commemorating Rafik Hariri’s death, demanding answers from March 14 leaders
More than 100,000 people gather to commemorate the death of former PM Hariri. Speaking to the crowds, leaders reiterate in measured tones the alliance’s goals. However, banners appear, asking, “What have you with my vote?”
Moussa returns from Beirut empty-handed
Although no one is admitting it formally, the Arab initiative has failed. The possibility of reviving it depends on political pressure from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. For the 15th time, the parliamentary session to elect the republic's president has been delayed.
Arab pressure on Syria over the election of the Lebanese president
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are threatening to boycott the Arab League summit in Damascus. Patriarch Sfeir highlights the need for the factions to overcome the distance that divides them.
Doha: an Arab League summit with many questions
Iran’s growing regional power, the Arab position vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians as well as the international arrest warrant against Sudan president will be on the discussion table. Arab countries are trying to reach common positions on various issues but few experts expect them to reach actual decisions.
31/03/2008 SYRIA – LEBANON
Arab League summit in Damascus delivers “lukewarm” results
Out of the meeting comes advice on electing Lebanon’s new president and demands for an end to armed militias in Iraq. Syria calls the summit a success, but the Arab world is has divided as it has ever been. Meanwhile Tehran’s shadow looms greater than ever.
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