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UN Envoy, Assad Meet on Lebanon Withdrawal

U.N. special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to press international demands for a full and rapid withdrawal of all Syrian troops from Lebanon.

A spokesman for the U.N. envoy said Mr. Roed-Larsen and Mr. Assad have been meeting Saturday in the northern city of Aleppo. The spokesman gave no details of the discussions.

Mr. Roed-Larsen was expected to tell the Syrian president his country faces political and economic isolation if he does not quickly withdraw all Syrian troops.

The meeting came after a large convoy of Syrian forces returned home Saturday from positions in northern Lebanon. However, thousands of Syrian troops are still located elsewhere in the country.