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Syria Repeats Willingness to Cooperate in UN Probe of Hariri Death

Syria has repeated its willingness to cooperate with the U.N. investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In a statement released Friday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus would "continue" to cooperate with the international probe into Mr. Hariri's assassination.

The announcement comes hours after Mr. al-Assad held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Syrian capital.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to resume talks next week on a draft resolution, co-sponsored by the United States, Britain and France, that threatens Syria with sanctions if it does not fully cooperate with the U.N. investigation. Last week, a U.N. report on the investigation implicated Syrian officials in the assassination of Mr. Hariri.

In Beirut, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said the Shi'ite group would stand by Damascus in the wake of the U.N. report.