Lebanon News

Sleiman holds sideline meetings with Arab leaders

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (L) attends the Arab League summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City March 25, 2014. (AFP/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman met Tuesday with the Emir of Qatar as well as the presidents of Egypt, Palestine, Djibouti and Algeria on the sidelines of the Arab summit in Kuwait.

Discussions focused on bilateral relations and the general situation in the Arab world, a statement from the presidential office said.

Talks with the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani stressed the need for Arab solidarity, the statement added.

Sleiman reportedly addressed the impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon, particularly the issue of the refugees.

Nearly 1 million Syrian refugees have fled their country for Lebanon since the uprising began in March 2011.

The two-day Arab League summit got under way Tuesday amid tensions over the crisis in Syria and Egypt as well as the diplomatic fallout among Gulf states.

Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, urged heads of Arab states at the annual meeting of the 22-member Arab League to solve rifts he said were obstructing joint Arab action.

A separate statement from Sleiman’s office said the president called a meeting of the Higher Defense Council later Tuesday to discuss the security situation.





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