Saudi king, Syria's Assad discuss "Arab, Islamic developments"
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz held talks Sunday with visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who arrived in the Saudi capital on a few hours' visit, Xinhua reported.
The two leaders discussed, in the meeting held at Riyadh airbase, "the overall developments in the Islamic and Arab arenas.. .topped by the developments of the Palestinian cause," state-run SPA news agency.
"The meeting also tackled the situation in the international arena as well as means of promoting cooperation between both countries in all fields," the agency said.
The meeting was attended by the king's adviser Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, the report said, giving no further details on the meeting.
Assad then left the Saudi capital, wrapping up the brief visit.
The Syrian leader's visit to Riyadh came three months after both leaders paid an unprecedented joint visit to Lebanon in a bid to ease tension between Shiite group Hezbollah, a close ally to Syria and Iran, and Saudi-backed Sunni leaders spearheaded by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Relations between Riyadh and Damascus have strained since 2005 against the backdrop of the assassination of Saudi-backed ex- Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri. Western-backed parties in Lebanon accused Damascus of being behind the hit, an allegation repeatedly rejected by Syria.
In January this year, Assad paid a visit to Riyadh, signaling a thaw in relations between the two sides.