Syrian, Saudi leaders discuss Lebanon tensions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - The leaders of Mideast rivals Syria and Saudi Arabia are meeting to discuss rising tension in Lebanon that threatens to topple its government and spark unrest.

The two countries back opposing factions in Lebanon and are concerned a U.N. tribunal's investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri could split its shaky coalition government.

Saudi Arabia was close to Hariri and supports political forces loyal to his son, Saad, who is Lebanon's current prime minister. Syria has been accused in Hariri's killing and backs Hezbollah.

The militant group shares power in Lebanon's government.

Sunday's meeting in Riyadh is focusing on expectations Hezbollah members will be indicted in the 2005 assassination.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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