The Syrian President, Hafez Al-Assad, had discussions in Damascus on Tuesday (27 April) with two visiting Lebanese leaders - Sheikh Hassan Khaled, leader of Lebanon's Sunni Moslems and Mr.
SV Mufti Sheikh Hassan Khaled talking to President Assad (left) (3 shots)
Wipe SV Mr. Joseph Skaf talking to President Assad (right)
Wipe SV Mr. Mohammed Saleh Mutea, F.M. of S. Yemen talking to President Assad (left) (3 shots)
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Background: The Syrian President, Hafez Al-Assad, had discussions in Damascus on Tuesday (27 April) with two visiting Lebanese leaders - Sheikh Hassan Khaled, leader of Lebanon's Sunni Moslems and Mr. Joseph Skaf, one of the Christian leaders.
The main subject for discussion was the war situation in Lebanon and Syria's mediation in the troubles.
The Lebanese constitution has been amended to allow President Suleiman Franjieh to resign and a parliamentary meeting ha been called to elect a new president on Saturday (1 May). But continuing political quarrels in Lebanon cast doubt over the presidential election.
Syria has a large number of troops in Lebanon - Reuters news agency report that there are up to 10,000 - to act as a mediating force. It has played a major role in recent effects to find a peaceful settlement to Lebanon's problems.
President Assad also had talks on Tuesday with the Foreign Minister of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (Southern Yemen) - Mohammed Saleh Mutea. Mr. Mutea is on a tour of Arab countries which he started in March. He arrived in Syria from Libya.
He was carrying a letter for President Assad from the Southern Yemen Head of State - Salem Robaya Ali. No official reports were issued concerning the subject of the talks, but the two men were expected to discuss the situation in Lebanon and bilateral relations.