Arab Foreign Ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, have agreed that a full-scale summit on Lebanon should he held in late October.
GV INTERIOR Syrian President Assad (right) seated with President of Lebanese Parliament, Mr. Kamel el-Assaad
SV PAN FROM Mr. el-Assaad TO President Assad and official
GV Meeting in progress
The Lebanese President-elect, Elias Sarkis, has been supported by Syria. At the end of August, Mr. Sarkis paid a short visit to Damascus for talks with President Assad. However, his Syrian backing may alienate left-wing and Palestinian groups in Lebanon and could lead to further divisions within the Lebanese Parliament.
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Background: Arab Foreign Ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, have agreed that a full-scale summit on Lebanon should he held in late October. The announcement came amid speculation that Syria might be planning a military offensive to enforce peace in Lebanon. On Friday (3 September), a delegation from the Lebanese Parliament visited Syria and met President Hafez al-Assad.
SYNOPSIS: The delegation were led by the President of the Lebanese Parliament, Kamel el-Assaad - seated on the left. The two men discussed the present situation in Lebanon and moves to end the civil war. The Lebanese President-elect, Elias Sarkis, begins his term of office on the 23rd of September and there are hopes that this may settle the country's constitutional situation. However, any settlement in the civil war has to be accepted by all the opposing factions if it is to be successful. There are fears that the rivalries that exist between some Arab countries may prevent the success of the proposed Arab summit.