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Saudi King Urges Closer Syrian-Lebanese Relations


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made quick trips to Saudi Arabia and Egypt to discuss the U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Mr. Assad first stopped in Jeddah for talks with Saudi King Abdullah. Saudi officials say the king called for stronger relations between Syria and Lebanon in the name of regional security.

Mr. Assad then traveled to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for talks with President Hosni Mubarak.

Syria has denied any role in last year's killing of Mr. Hariri. And Mr. Assad says there is no legal basis for United Nations investigators to interview him about Mr. Hariri's assassination.

The U.N. investigation has implicated several top Syrian officials in the killing, and the Security Council has demanded Syria's full cooperation in the probe.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.