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Hariri meets Assad in Damascus

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the latest developments in the region.

The two officials held talks on Tuesday, Syria’s official news agency reported.

The meeting was held during Hariri’s second visit to Syria after his last December’s official trip to the country, which ended nearly five years of hostility between the two neighbors.

The Lebanese premier embarked on a regional tour on Monday with a visit to Saudi Arabia during which he met with Saudi King Abdullah.

Hariri is also scheduled to head to Turkey for talks with Turkish leaders after his visit to Syria.

The Lebanese official’s tour is due to be followed by a meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington on May 24. The trip will be his first official visit to the US.

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