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Old 03-14-2009, 02:15 PM
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Default Mubarak and Assad will seek to repair rift at Saudi summit

In another effort at inter-Arab reconciliation, the leaders of Egypt and Syria will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to meet with King Abdullah to try to end a years long rift and blunt Iran's influence in the region.

The mini-summit is part of King Abdullah's efforts to improve relations between the three Arab countries, an anonymous Saudi diplomat told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia's official press agency said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar Assad will meet with the Saudi King on Wednesday, but did not specify whether they would meet together.

Egyptian sources told The Jerusalem Post that the meeting will allow the leaders to address "the whole regional scene" and issues of concern to all the participants, including the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Wednesday's meeting continues the process of inter-Arab reconciliation that was launched by the Saudi king at the economic summit in Kuwait in January, analysts say. Divisions in the Arab world were brought to the fore during Israel's three week military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which clearly pitted moderate countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt against those who sided with the Islamist movement, such as Iran, Syria and Qatar.
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(Reuters) - Bottling its irritation, Saudi Arabia is mending ties with Syria to restore a semblance of Arab harmony before a summit later this month, calm regional tensions and nudge Damascus toward cooling its alliance with Tehran.

After intensive advance diplomacy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will visit Riyadh on Wednesday, along with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, the state Saudi Press Agency reported.

While open to Arab detente, Assad has shown no readiness to sever a bond with non-Arab Iran that has lasted 29 years.

"Saudi Arabia's top priority is to confront Iran and its agenda in the Arab world. The Saudis want to weaken Tehran's cards in the Arab world, thus the new approach toward Syria," said an Arab official with close ties to the Saudis.

"They know it'll be very difficult to break the ties between Syria and Iran, but by showing the Syrians what they have to gain if they return to the Arab fold, they hope to weaken that alliance," added the official, who asked not to be identified.

On its part, Syria is keen to cast off any remnants of the diplomatic isolation it endured after the 2005 assassination of Lebanon's ex-premier Rafik al-Hariri, a Saudi citizen and protege. Damascus denied any involvement in the killing, now the focus of an international tribunal that began work this month.

Furious with Saudi Arabia and Egypt for joining Western pressure that forced it to quit Lebanon in 2005, Syria hardened its alignment with Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and Palestinian Hamas militants in shared hostility to Israel and the United States and its conservative Arab allies.

Saudi Arabia tempered its anti-Syrian stance after Damascus backed last year's Qatari-mediated deal among Lebanese factions and the new U.S. administration spoke of engaging with Damascus.

"It's about teamwork, concerted Arab action," Jamal Khashoggi, editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan, said.

Syria's presence "back in the team" would enable Lebanon's election in June to take place without bloodshed, promote Egyptian-sponsored Palestinian reconciliation talks and advance prospects for Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, Khashoggi argued.

He said Saudi Arabia wanted Syria to cooperate on Lebanon, where the two countries support opposing political blocs, and think of its neighbor "as an equal, not a subordinate."

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, a foe of Syria's role, told Reuters last week that a thaw in Saudi-Syrian ties could reduce communal tensions and promote stability in his country.
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