Lebanese premier to make first official visit to Damascus

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Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri will travel to Damascus later on Saturday in order to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad. This is to be Hariri's first official visit to Syria in the capacity of Lebanon's prime minister - a post he undertook only recently, successfully forming a government after over five months of coalition-opposition negotiations. Hariri heads the country's Western-backed 14 March coalition, so named after a 2005 rally in memory of the Lebanese prime minister's father and predecessor, Rafik Hariri, who was murdered in a massive explosion in Beirut that same year. Syria has repeatedly been called on to cooperate with UNIIIC officials charged with investigating the elder Hariri's murder. Several Lebanese military men with close ties to the Syrian government have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the case.