Assad arrived in Riyadh for talks over Lebanon tension

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Assad arrived at the Riyadh Airport, where he was received by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz al Saud.

Prince Abdel Aziz bin Abdullah, the king’s adviser was also at the airport to welcome the visiting Syrian leader

Syria’s ties to Iran, the political void in Iraq and the tensions in Lebanon over the U.N.-backed tribunal are expected to figure in the Sunday talks between Abdullah and Assad, analysts and diplomats said.

Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim.

There are concerns that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife. Many Sunnis reportedly think that if Hezbollah really killed Hariri, it would be considered as the revenge for the killing of Imam Hussein Bin Ali, the grandson of prophet Mohammad . Imam Hussein was killed and beheaded in the Battle of Karbala, Iraq in 680 AD

Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri said today during an interview with Quds Al Arabi newspaper that Israel is counting on the indictment by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to cause a strife but stressed that as long as the Syrian-Saudi relations are ok Lebanon will be ok.

Update: Sources close to Hariri told MTV on Sunday that there is no connection between PM Saad Hariri’s yesterday’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Syrian President Assad’s visit to Riyadh today.

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34 responses to “Assad arrived in Riyadh for talks over Lebanon tension”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    Notice that the strife is heated because of an incident that happened in 680 AD. They will fight and kill each others because of barbarism that happened back then and still being carried forth today.

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar

      Hanniabl,
      Dwelling on negative thoughts seems to be a new habit of yours, especially when you’re faced with serious questions.
      Sugar wrapping your wishes, for a Sunni Shiia clash, with nice words isn’t working buddy.
      “Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts” is what the founder of Buddhism said. Knowing that you don’t have a religion, I thought Buddhism many not offend you.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        Lame accusation… you are starting to stoop very low… cover your @ss 😛

        1. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Getting touchy now. I must have hit a nerve there.With every insult and accusation you’ve been throwing at me, you have some nerves to say I’m “starting to stoop low”? No worry, my @ass is well protected.

        2. Hannibal Avatar

          You do not deserve to carry the name Prophet. Gibran was impartial. You my friend came into this forum masquerading like neutral non-practicing Shia, only to reveal your true nature of being not only a HA supporter but a member of HA and above all living in the U.S. which makes your stay here illegal because you fall into the terrorist list. Guantanamo here I come. The way you snuck in to befriend us all was slick, very slick. Posing as a progressive, peace loving person and then befriending Mustafa and the rest of us and then as soon as you gained our trust on this forum your true nature was revealed to us. So classic, indeed. First pose as a friend and then as soon as we disagreed the HA terrorist in you surfaced. So if moving forward you want us to argue sensibly please do under that piss color flag of yours and stop pretending you love the Cedar and the Lebanese flag. Then and only then, when you stop pretending, like your party does by pretending it is not an extension of Persia, we can sit down and see how to compromise and build a country rather than being the whores of all with our leaders acting as pimps. Let me know when you are ready to talk with civility starting by changing your name from Prophet to something like Rezza or Faramarz or may be your real name (no need to hide it as I know who you are and where you live).

        3. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,
          Again, you resort to insults and accusations when you can’t debate issues.
          I don’t need to respond to your trash talk.
          But I had no idea you and I were friends, I started seeing you here couple of weeks ago, unless you are using another ID.
          I noticed that , not only you appointed yourself to be the guardian of Lebanon, but now you are the US Attorney general , determining who is true American and who isn’t; who should live in this country, and who should not. I’m assuming you already placed a called to the home land security. I’ll wait by the door for them, so you can watch me on CNN.
          Should you need my name, and address, I’ll post it for you .Thank you very much

        4. Hannibal Avatar

          Prophet
          You have courage, I give you that, and NO I won’t betray the trust of a fellow Lebanese even though he sold out. 😛
          Stop wrapping yourself with an Iranian flag and you and I can become friends again. I am very much against anyone fighting another Lebanese and certainly against ANY foreigner on my land (specially with influence) NO MATTER their intention friendly or not. Once we see eye to eye and unite as one under the Cedar emblem, we, then can possibly engage the world. For the moment, we are divided because of outside influences. Shed the Persian flag and we can become allies. I am not 14 nor 8, I do not belong to any party or sect but I will protect any Lebanese and preserve the trust of my ancestors. My grandfather signed the first constitution and fought the French and the Israelis as he was the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Arab forces in South Lebanon during the “nakba”. My father was jailed for 10 years by the same government elected under the constitution signed by my grandfather for political reasons. His only crime was to abolish sectarianism as he foresaw the civil war 15 years before it happened. So as you see, we carried the “cause” long before others and it hurts when I see people polarized and unwilling to dig deeper and understand the roots of the fears of others. I stand my ground in telling you that I am not happy that my airport welcomes me with Iranian flags and Mullahs. It makes me proud though to see the pictures of our martyrs and they deserve to be acknowledged however they fell, fighting Israelis in the South, or Syrian occupation or “lost” Palestinians who try to go North “via Jounieh” instead of southwardly to Liberate Palestine.
          Khoda Hafez 😛

          1. PROPHET.T Avatar

            Hannial,
            Yes, I have enough courage to have openly stated my opinions in front of US elected members of congress, without any fear of having my loyalty questioned.
            My views were received with more understanding than my fellow Lebanese, and without accusation of being a terrorist.

          2. PROPHET.T Avatar

            My Work PC locked out on Monday. I’ve just unlocked it. As soon as I catch up with my work, I’ll respond to the rest of your message.BTW Are you really Walid K?

          3. PROPHET.T Avatar

            Hanniabl,
            I won’t even bother respond to the accusation of wrapping myself with Iranian flag, nor would I bother to prove to you my devotion to Lebanon.
            Your conviction that I’m have more of “a Persian loyalist then Lebanese”, kind of reminds me of the same convictions some people had of me in the eighties , that I was a “leftist or a communist”, because I supported the resistance against Israel when the resistance consisted of non religious parties. I guess I’ll never win this argument against you, because I could not win it against those people in the eighties.
            However ’ll tell you what I think of flags, and those who wrap themselves with flags. First, a national flag is a symbol of identity and unity for a country. It is not something holly that needs to be worshiped, nor is it a litmus test for one’s devotion to his nation, or patriotism. It is a worthy national symbol that needs to be respected, and never be degraded.
            I don’t believe in wrapping my self in a Lebanese flag to prove my sense of nationalism or patriotism. Most people, who do wrap themselves with a flag, do so, to show patriotism( which they lack) when in reality they are fooling themselves and others.
            Don’t expect me to be silly enough to wrap myself with a Lebanese Flag, to prove or disprove anything.
            Most people who do the “flag wrapping” are simplistic, hypocrites or stupid (or a combination of all) they are mostly Nationalists. Having said that; Nationalists are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are nationalistic, and not necessarily patriotic. Patriotism is love for, or devotion to one’s country. It the willingness to sacrifice ,and the sacrifice to one’s country. But it is not blindly following your country. It is making sure that your country stays on the right tracks. While Nationalists, would follow their country, even when it is wrong.
            I expressed my unhappiness with the portrait and the flag at the airport road in my last article( it does not look like you read it). You seem to remember what you like only.
            I can’t understand how you would defend those who collaborated, and helped Israel against their own people, especially coming from a family that did more than its duty, and paid more than its dues for Lebanon.
            I won’t compromise my convictions in order to get approval ,or to make friends, but I’m always willing to debate ,and even re-examine my own believes, in order to learn more ,and become a better person. This isn’t a popularity contest .If friendship has to be conditioned on mutual political beliefs, then it is not a friendship.

        5. Hannibal Avatar

          People like me who do you think I am Prophet? When the crowd asked Jesus who are you? he answered: “I am who I am”So my answer is I am who I am 😉

      2. Hannibal Avatar

        Lame accusation… you are starting to stoop very low… cover your @ss 😛

        1. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Getting touchy now. I must have hit a nerve there.With every insult and accusation you’ve been throwing at me, you have some nerves to say I’m “starting to stoop low”? No worry, my @ass is well protected.

        2. Hannibal Avatar

          You do not deserve to carry the name Prophet. Gibran was impartial. You my friend came into this forum masquerading like neutral non-practicing Shia, only to reveal your true nature of being not only a HA supporter but a member of HA and above all living in the U.S. which makes your stay here illegal because you fall into the terrorist list. Guantanamo here I come. The way you snuck in to befriend us all was slick, very slick. Posing as a progressive, peace loving person and then befriending Mustafa and the rest of us and then as soon as you gained our trust on this forum your true nature was revealed to us. So classic, indeed. First pose as a friend and then as soon as we disagreed the HA terrorist in you surfaced. So if moving forward you want us to argue sensibly please do under that piss color flag of yours and stop pretending you love the Cedar and the Lebanese flag. Then and only then, when you stop pretending, like your party does by pretending it is not an extension of Persia, we can sit down and see how to compromise and build a country rather than being the whores of all with our leaders acting as pimps. Let me know when you are ready to talk with civility starting by changing your name from Prophet to something like Rezza or Faramarz or may be your real name (no need to hide it as I know who you are and where you live).

        3. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,
          Again, you resort to insults and accusations when you can’t debate issues.
          I don’t need to respond to your trash talk.
          But I had no idea you and I were friends, I started seeing you here couple of weeks ago, unless you are using another ID.
          I noticed that , not only you appointed yourself to be the guardian of Lebanon, but now you are the US Attorney general , determining who is true American and who isn’t; who should live in this country, and who should not. I’m assuming you already placed a called to the home land security. I’ll wait by the door for them, so you can watch me on CNN.
          Should you need my name, and address, I’ll post it for you .Thank you very much

        4. Hannibal Avatar

          Prophet
          You have courage, I give you that, and NO I won’t betray the trust of a fellow Lebanese even though he sold out. 😛
          Stop wrapping yourself with an Iranian flag and you and I can become friends again. I am very much against anyone fighting another Lebanese and certainly against ANY foreigner on my land (specially with influence) NO MATTER their intention friendly or not. Once we see eye to eye and unite as one under the Cedar emblem, we, then can possibly engage the world. For the moment, we are divided because of outside influences. Shed the Persian flag and we can become allies. I am not 14 nor 8, I do not belong to any party or sect but I will protect any Lebanese and preserve the trust of my ancestors. My grandfather signed the first constitution and fought the French and the Israelis as he was the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Arab forces in South Lebanon during the “nakba”. My father was jailed for 10 years by the same government elected under the constitution signed by my grandfather for political reasons. His only crime was to abolish sectarianism as he foresaw the civil war 15 years before it happened. So as you see, we carried the “cause” long before others and it hurts when I see people polarized and unwilling to dig deeper and understand the roots of the fears of others. I stand my ground in telling you that I am not happy that my airport welcomes me with Iranian flags and Mullahs. It makes me proud though to see the pictures of our martyrs and they deserve to be acknowledged however they fell, fighting Israelis in the South, or Syrian occupation or “lost” Palestinians who try to go North “via Jounieh” instead of southwardly to Liberate Palestine.
          Khoda Hafez 😛

          1. PROPHET.T Avatar

            Hannial,
            Yes, I have enough courage to have openly stated my opinions in front of US elected members of congress, without any fear of having my loyalty questioned.
            My views were received with more understanding than my fellow Lebanese, and without accusation of being a terrorist.

          2. PROPHET.T Avatar

            My Work PC locked out on Monday. I’ve just unlocked it. As soon as I catch up with my work, I’ll respond to the rest of your message.BTW Are you really Walid K?

        5. Hannibal Avatar

          People like me who do you think I am Prophet? When the crowd asked Jesus who are you? he answered: “I am who I am”So my answer is I am who I am 😉

      3. Hannibal Avatar

        So far so good Prophet and your answer to the rest of my message is?

  2. Hannibal Avatar

    Notice that the strife is heated because of an incident that happened in 680 AD. They will fight and kill each others because of barbarism that happened back then and still being carried forth today.

  3. Notice that the strife is heated because of an incident that happened in 680 AD. They will fight and kill each others because of barbarism that happened back then and still being carried forth today.

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar

      Hanniabl,

      Dwelling on negative thoughts seems to be a new habit of yours, especially when you’re faced with serious questions.

      Sugar wrapping your wishes, for a Sunni Shiia clash, with nice words isn’t working buddy.

      “Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts” is what the founder of Buddhism said. Knowing that you don’t have a religion, I thought Buddhism many not offend you.

      1. Lame accusation… you are starting to stoop very low… cover your @ss 😛

        1. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Getting touchy now. I must have hit a nerve there.With every insult and accusation you’ve been throwing at me, you have some nerves to say I’m “starting to stoop low”? No worry, my @ass is well protected.

        2. You do not deserve to carry the name Prophet. Gibran was impartial. You my friend came into this forum masquerading like neutral non-practicing Shia, only to reveal your true nature of being not only a HA supporter but a member of HA and above all living in the U.S. which makes your stay here illegal because you fall into the terrorist list. Guantanamo here I come. The way you snuck in to befriend us all was slick, very slick. Posing as a progressive, peace loving person and then befriending Mustafa and the rest of us and then as soon as you gained our trust on this forum your true nature was revealed to us. So classic, indeed. First pose as a friend and then as soon as we disagreed the HA terrorist in you surfaced. So if moving forward you want us to argue sensibly please do under that piss color flag of yours and stop pretending you love the Cedar and the Lebanese flag. Then and only then, when you stop pretending, like your party does by pretending it is not an extension of Persia, we can sit down and see how to compromise and build a country rather than being the whores of all with our leaders acting as pimps. Let me know when you are ready to talk with civility starting by changing your name from Prophet to something like Rezza or Faramarz or may be your real name (no need to hide it as I know who you are and where you live).

        3. PROPHET.T Avatar

          Hannibal,

          Again, you resort to insults and accusations when you can’t debate issues.

          I don’t need to respond to your trash talk.

          But I had no idea you and I were friends, I started seeing you here couple of weeks ago, unless you are using another ID.

          I noticed that , not only you appointed yourself to be the guardian of Lebanon, but now you are the US Attorney general , determining who is true American and who isn’t; who should live in this country, and who should not. I’m assuming you already placed a called to the home land security. I’ll wait by the door for them, so you can watch me on CNN.

          Should you need my name, and address, I’ll post it for you .Thank you very much

        4. Prophet
          You have courage, I give you that, and NO I won’t betray the trust of a fellow Lebanese even though he sold out. 😛
          Stop wrapping yourself with an Iranian flag and you and I can become friends again. I am very much against anyone fighting another Lebanese and certainly against ANY foreigner on my land (specially with influence) NO MATTER their intention friendly or not. Once we see eye to eye and unite as one under the Cedar emblem, we, then can possibly engage the world. For the moment, we are divided because of outside influences. Shed the Persian flag and we can become allies. I am not 14 nor 8, I do not belong to any party or sect but I will protect any Lebanese and preserve the trust of my ancestors. My grandfather signed the first constitution and fought the French and the Israelis as he was the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Arab forces in South Lebanon during the “nakba”. My father was jailed for 10 years by the same government elected under the constitution signed by my grandfather for political reasons. His only crime was to abolish sectarianism as he foresaw the civil war 15 years before it happened. So as you see, we carried the “cause” long before others and it hurts when I see people polarized and unwilling to dig deeper and understand the roots of the fears of others. I stand my ground in telling you that I am not happy that my airport welcomes me with Iranian flags and Mullahs. It makes me proud though to see the pictures of our martyrs and they deserve to be acknowledged however they fell, fighting Israelis in the South, or Syrian occupation or “lost” Palestinians who try to go North “via Jounieh” instead of southwardly to Liberate Palestine.
          Khoda Hafez 😛

          1. PROPHET.T Avatar

            Hannial,
            Yes, I have enough courage to have openly stated my opinions in front of US elected members of congress, without any fear of having my loyalty questioned.
            My views were received with more understanding than my fellow Lebanese, and without accusation of being a terrorist.

          2. PROPHET.T Avatar

            My Work PC locked out on Monday. I’ve just unlocked it. As soon as I catch up with my work, I’ll respond to the rest of your message.BTW Are you really Walid K?

          3. PROPHET.T Avatar

            Hanniabl,
            I won’t even bother respond to the accusation of wrapping myself with Iranian flag, nor would I bother to prove to you my devotion to lebanon.
            I’ll tell you what I think of flags, and those who wrap themselves with flags.
            A national flag is a symbol of identity and unity. It isn’t something holly that needs to be worshipped, nor is it a litmus test for one’s nationalism or patriotism. It is a symbol that needs to be respected.
            As Lebanese , I never believe in wrapping my self in a Lebanese flag to prove my sense of nationalism or patriotism. Most people, who do wrap themselves with a flag, do so, to claim patriotism when in reality they are fooling themselves and others.
            Don’t expect me to be silly enough to wrap myself with a Lebanese Flag, to prove or disprove anything.
            Most people who do the “flag wrapping” are simplistic, hypocrites or stupid (or a combination of all) they are mostly Nationalists. Having said that; Nationalists are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are nationalistic, and not necessarily patriotic.
            Patriotism is love for, or devotion to one’s country. But it isn’t blindly following your country. It is making sure that your country stays on the right tracks. While Nationalists, would follow their country, even when it is wrong.
            Your conviction that I’m more of ‘a Persian loyalist then Lebanese’, kind of reminds me of the same convictions some people had of me in the eighties ,that I was a “leftist or a communist”, because I supported the resistance against Israel when the resistance consisted of non religious parties. I guess I’ll never win this argument against you, because I could not win it against those people in the eighties.
            I expressed my unhappiness with the portrait and the flag at the airport road in my last article( it does not look like you read it). You seem to remember what you like only.
            I can’t understand how you would defend those who collaborated, and helped Israel against their own people, especially coming from a family that did more than its duty, and paid more than its dues for Lebanon.
            I won’t compromise my convictions in order to get approval ,or to make friends, but I’m always willing to debate ,and even re-examine my own believes, in order to learn more ,and become a better person.

        5. People like me who do you think I am Prophet? When the crowd asked Jesus who are you? he answered: “I am who I am”So my answer is I am who I am 😉

      2. So far so good Prophet and your answer to the rest of my message is?

  4. PROPHET.T Avatar

    LATEST NEWS FROM LEBANON; A dog eating the neighbor’s chicken started a costly fight.lol
    عراك بين عائلتين بسبب كلب و دجاجة
    http://www.bintjbeil.org/index.php?show=news&action=article&id=34620

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