Friday, July 17, 2009

Saudis Step Up Efforts to Repair Syria Ties

The Wall Street Journal, By Margaret Coker (17/7/2009) Saudi Arabia is accelerating its effort to lure Syria from Iranian influence, Saudi officials said, a move they hope will improve chances for a renewed peace initiative in the region. Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's largest economy and the world's biggest oil exporter, is offering economic incentives to Syria, including the promise of increased investment in Syria's moribund economy. It has also moved aggressively to repair the nations' strained diplomatic ties...
The Saudi royal adviser said the planned bilateral meeting between King Abdullah and Mr. Assad will seek to cement the two leaders' cooperation in forming the Lebanese government.