Lebanese PM Fuad Saniora to visit Iraq

August 18, 2008 15:57

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora told reporters Monday that he will go to Baghdad "within two days" to deliver a message from Lebanon's new president, Michel Suleiman. He did not elaborate on its contents. Saniora said his trip is an opportunity to renew contact between Beirut and Baghdad, longtime trade partners. He says he was "pinning hopes" on the visit. Relations between Lebanon and Iraq soured in the mid-1990s after Iraqi agents killed a dissident in Beirut. But the two maintained embassies in each other's capitals even after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Lebanon's parliamentary majority leader, Saad Hariri, visited Iraq last month. Earlier this month, Jordan's king became the first Arab head of state to visit Baghdad since the war.

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