Earlier Assad hosted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri for lunch along with Davutoglu. State-owned SANA reported that the three discussed "ties between Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey, and methods of strengthening them in a manner that will positively affect regional issues, especially the Palestinian one".
Assad and Davutoglu in Damascus (Photo: AFP)
Assad and the Turkish minister also discussed tensions between Turkey and Israel following a calamitous IDF raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May.
The Syrian president said recently that the crisis between Israel and Turkey would have dire consequences for the Middle East because it would derail peace talks between Israel and Syria. He stressed that peace talks with Israel would have to be mediated by Turkey.
The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians was also debated. "The reason for the stalemate is Benjamin Netanyahu's extremist government," the Syrian report said.
Assad's earlier meeting with Hariri, formerly the leader of the Lebanese anti-Syrian camp, was the third in recent months. The two expressed satisfaction with the amity fostered recently by the two leaders.
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