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Muslim intellectual calls for prayer with pope for peace in Syria
Ridwan al-Sayyid, a professor of Islamic studies in Beirut, calls on the international community to listen to the pope's words. The World Day of Prayer for Peace in Syria is "an opportunity to open the door to a peaceful solution of the conflict. Armed action in Syria will lead to a war in the Middle East."
28/11/2007 MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
Promises and hopes in Annapolis, waiting for facts
First reactions to Bush’s conference are positive. Negative reactions by Iran and Hamas were expected. Israelis and Palestinians talk about an opportunity that should not be wasted, pledge their commitment to continue.
26/03/2008 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.
09/10/2009 MIDDLE EAST
Will it be another ‘Lost Century’ for the Arab World?
King Abdullah’s trip to Syria raises questions about the Arab world’s capacity to take charge of its own history and cope with modernity. If the impact of the meeting between the Saudi and Syrian leaders on government formation in Lebanon is any indications, naysayers seem to have the upper hand.
04/04/2007 SYRIA – UNITED STATES
Lebanon and Iraq top Nancy Pelosi’s Syrian talks
Bush criticises Pelosi’s visit, saying it sends Damascus “mixed signals”. US House speaker met Assad this morning, urging him to end interference in its neighbours’ affairs and stop terrorists from using Syrian territory.
25/11/2008 MIDDLE EAST
Contradictory signals for Lebanon and Middle East peace
Today the UN Security Council will discuss a report on the implementation of Resolution 1701. According to the document the political climate has improved in Lebanon but many factors of instability remain. The establishment of diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon is a positive step, but things could change if fundamentalists take over in Israel, Lebanon and Iran.
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