At Summit, Syria Reconciles with Saudi Arabia; Egypt to Present Outreach Initiative for Improving Syria’s Relations with Other Arab Countries

Syria (Shem – Sunni Islam) has been aligned with Iran (Japheth – Shia Islam). Eqypt (Ham – Sunni and Shia) is aligned with Saudi (Shem through Ishmael- Leaders of Sunni Islam). —IDT Editor

“God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”
—Genesis 9:27


“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
—Genesis 16:12

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According to the Syrian paper Al-Thawra, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told reporters at the Arab summit, currently underway in Riyadh, that Syria’s natural place is among the Arab countries and that it had no other place. Assad added that the atmosphere prevailing at the Arab summit was friendly and excellent, and that there were many positive things at the current stage. He stressed that there were no problems in Syria-Saudi relations, and that most of the inter-Arab problems were superficial, and that none ran deep.

Syrian Vice President Farouq Al-Shara’ added that the talks between Assad and the Saudi King Abdullah had been very good, and that in the friendly conversation they discussed all the issues, and cleared their hearts and reconciled. Al-Shara’ said that Saudi-Syria relations had returned to a high level.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian opposition daily Al-Masryoon quoted a diplomatic source from the delegation accompanying Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the summit as saying that Mubarak would meet with Assad for the first time since tensions began between the two countries during the July 2006 war. The source said that Mubarak would present Assad with an outreach initiative for Syria and the Arab countries with whom Syria has tense relations, and for increasing oversight of Syria’s border with Iraq to prevent infiltration of fighters to Iraq, so that the U.S. would have no excuse to get tougher with Syria.

Source: Al-Thawra, Syria, March 29, 2007; Al-Masryoon, Egypt, March 28, 2007

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