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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday to discuss the ways to defuse tension in Lebanon and to ensure stability in the country, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. The efforts are aimed at guaranteeing Lebanon’s stability and security and bolster understanding between the Lebanese, it reported.

Energy Minister, and son-in-law to Aoun, Gebran Bassil took part of the meeting, SANA said, adding that Assad and Aoun also addressed the latest developments in the Middle East.

Tension ran high in Lebanon after reports said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will soon issue its indictment for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

There are fears that should the court indict Hezbollah members, this could lead to a Sunni-Shia conflict similar to the one that brought the country to the brink of civil war in May 2008.

Assad and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz visited Beirut in July and held a summit along with President Michel Sleiman in an effort to defuse tension in the country.

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