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Syria renews vow to help UN probe
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
President Assad has denied Syrian involvement in Hariri's death
The Syrian president has promised his government will co-operate with a UN inquiry into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Bashar al-Assad made the vow after talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, who had flown to Syria on Friday for unscheduled talks.

The UN inquiry implicated senior Syrian figures in the death and said Syria had not fully co-operated with the probe.

Syria has strongly denied accusations that it plotted to kill Mr Hariri.

A statement given to state-run news agency Sana following Mr Assad's meeting with Mr Mubarak promised Syrian assistance in the ongoing investigation.

"President Bashar al-Assad has reiterated Syria's readiness and commitment to continue co-operating with the international commission of inquiry," it said.

'Complicated' situation

The two presidents also discussed the latest developments in the region and negotiations under way at the UN Security Council following the publication of the report.

The UN Security Council considers imposing sanctions on Syria over the affair.

The US, France and the UK have circulated a draft resolution demanding that Syria co-operate with the murder investigation.

Before the President Mubarak departed for Syria, Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Abu al-Ghayt told reporters that the situation in Syria was "complicated" and that Egypt wanted Damascus to "deal objectively and flexibly with all probabilities".

"We want to avoid another crisis in the Middle East," he said.

On arrival, President Mubarak met Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.

Mr Sharaa was accused in the UN report of sending a letter containing false information to the investigation team.


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