Assad heads to Gulf for talks in UAE, Kuwait
Syrian President begins his two-nation tour Sunday in Abu Dhabi for talks with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
Syrian President Bashar Assad travels to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait this weekend for talks on regional developments.
He begins his two-nation tour Sunday in Abu Dhabi for talks with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the WAM news agency reported. He will be in Kuwait on Tuesday, Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency said.
Assad's trip follows talks in Damascus Friday with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, whose country earlier this month hosted reconciliation talks between Lebanon's feuding politicians. Syria has backed the opposition in Lebanon, while most of the Gulf states have sided with the government.
The Arab-League-brokered Doha talks ended an 18-month standoff in Lebanon, whose rival factions agreed to elect a president, form a national unity government and adopt a new electoral law for legislative polls next year. Consultations are under way in Beirut to form a new cabinet, in which the opposition will have veto power.
Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE belong to the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which also includes Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with which Syria has strained ties.
Syria and Iran were the leading foreign supporters of the Lebanese opposition in its standoff with the Western- and Saudi-backed government.
Agencies Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Haziran 2008, 11:33