Egyptian - Syrian summit
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 5/8/2000
The Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and the Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad convened today a bilateral summit to discuss the developments in the area.
The summit focused on discussing the Arab causes, the Arab relations as the two leaders exchanged points of view concerning the peace process in the Middle East and its future on the different tracks as well as status in Lebanon in addition to the join coordination between Egypt and Syria on the Arab and international levels.
The two leaders also discussed the bilateral relations from its different aspects.
President al-Assad is accompanied on his visit to Cairo by Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara.
In parallel to the closed-door meeting held between President al-Assad and President Mubarak, the Syrian and Egyptian sides held a meeting attended by al-Shara, and chairman of the Syrian mission in Cairo Majid Abu Saleh. It was attended on the Egyptian side by Foreign Minister Moussa, Premier Ebeid, Egyptian Presidential Advisor Osama El-Baz and the Egyptian ambassador in Damascus.
The closed-door meeting between the two presidents was later joined by FM Moussa and FM al-Shara and PM Ebeid.
They voiced solidarity with Lebanon and for Israel 's withdrawal from its south according to UN resolutions 425 and 426. They also discussed Arab issues and means of strengthening bilateral relations.
Moussa had said the meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad comes in the framework of the continuous contacts between the two presidents, as it is considered an important part of Arab coordination, especially in view of the problems confronting the peace process.
In answering a question on whether there was Syrian anxiety toward what is currently happening in south Lebanon, Moussa said, "There is a general Arab anxiety toward the last Israeli attacks."
Moussa had indicated that a comprehensive Arab summit is one of the subjects in the discussions today between the two presidents.
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