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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Saudi-Syrian Summit

The opening of Saudi Arabia's new King ‘Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which I blogged about earlier, has also been the pretext for a visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Asad to the Kingdom, where he met with King ‘Abdullah and also with interim Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora. So it also may be a step in the long-predicted but slow to emerge Syrian-Saudi rapprochement.

1 comment:

David Mack said...

Smart move by King Abdullah to skip the G-20 summit in Pittsburg in favor of his own domestic reform event? And a bonus in regional diplomacy? I would say yes, although it was not such an easy choice. Morevover, as Mu'ammar Qadhafi might say, it avoided jet lag.