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Arab League chief meets Syria's al-Assad in Damascus

Arab World Materials 12 April 2010 15:27 (UTC +04:00)
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday, during his visit to Damascus to discuss developments in the Arab World, sources close to the leaders said.
Arab League chief meets Syria's al-Assad in Damascus

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday, during his visit to Damascus to discuss developments in the Arab World, sources close to the leaders said, DPA reported.

Shortly after his arrival on Sunday evening, Moussa said that he would discuss with al-Assad the results of last month's Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya.

Moussa said that the situation in the Arab world "is a little better" than it was before the summit.

During the summit, Moussa urged the 22-nation bloc to talk to Iran to address differences and engage it directly over concerns about its growing influence in the region and its disputed nuclear energy programme.

"Despite their dispute, European countries are in talks with Iran about the nuclear programme. Therefore, a dialogue with Iran would remove the concerns of some countries in the region," Moussa said in Damascus.

Arab states share Western fears that Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at producing weapons. Several states are also opposed to Iran's support of the Palestinian group Hamas and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

Moussa is expected to meet with the Damascus-based Hamas Politburo chief Khaled Meshaal later on Monday.

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