Battle lines drawn as Israeli allies among Arab regimes meet to coordinate the fight against the Iran-Syria axis
This news item about meeting with Israeli officials in Egypt has been denied by Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. He said that he had meetings in Beirut on that day. But the Hariri newspaper, Al-Mustaqbal, had reported http://www.almustaqbal.com/stories.aspx?StoryID=202198 that Siniora (read the last line) had flown to Egypt for a private visit on that same day. (thanks to Angry Arab News service & Hicham)
BETHLEHEM - (21 December 2006) Ma'an - It HAS BEEN revealed to Ma'an News Agency that a secret meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, the political advisor to the Egyptian president, Osama El Baz and the head of Saudi national security, Prince Bandar, was held two months ago, during the Eid feast following Ramadan, in Sharm el Sheikh.
The source, a specialist in Israeli affairs, added that the meeting, which was held in the residence of the Egyptian president, lasted for five hours in which the participants discussed mutual coordination and cooperation between Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Israel and its allied forces in Lebanon, to jointly face the Tehran-Damascus axis and the coalition of militant groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.
The Israeli Prime Minister allegedly told the Lebanese Prime Minister that the international presence in southern Lebanon, and the American support given to their friends, "has created a path, along which lies an unprecedented opportunity to get rid of the Iranian and Syrian allies in Lebanon", the source added.
The source also confirmed that Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora told his Israeli counterpart that his government insists on the spread of law and order throughout the country, and to dismiss and disarm any militia, including the arms of Hezbollah, and to end the presence of any groups or people who are pro-Iran or pro-Syria.
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