» 08/13/2012, 00.00
LEBANON - SYRIA
Prominent Shiite Lebanese authorities come out in support of Syrian Revolution
The two are known for their liberal vision and independence of thought and politics. Criticism of Hezbollah, who have aligned themselves with Assad. The fall of the regime in Damascus is also positive for peace in Lebanon.
20/01/2006 SYRIA IRAN LEBANON
Annan announces Syria will cooperate with probe into Hariri murder
In Beirut many are convinced the commission of inquiry will be able to meet Assad. Syrian and Iranian presidents show unity and mutual support against international pressures on second day of their summit. Both reiterate support for Hezbollah.
Dual Saudi-Syrian visit leaves Lebanon still divided
The arrival of King Abdullah and President Bashar el Assad in order to calm internal tensions, as the publication of the International Tribunal report could blame Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. Fears of a new civil war in Lebanon.
Assad and King Abdullah in Beirut to curb tensions with Hezbollah
This is the first visit by a Syrian president since the ouster of Syrian troops in 2005. Hezbollah threatens a government crisis and instability if the United Nations tribunal accuses its members of being responsible for the killing of Rafik Hariri. Changes in Damascus decrease Iranian influence in Lebanon.
Sfeir tells politicians wars begin with words
Maronite patriarch urges Lebanese to seek dialogue at the national level and amongst Christians. He praises the armed forces, saying that “if only soldiers bear arms, people would lead a quieter life.”
Opposition backed by Patriarch Sfeir meets
Before Patriarch Sfeir leaves for the US to visit President Bush opposition will examine developments following Assad's speech, Hezbollah's rally and Syrian army redeployment.
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