Abdullah calls on Lebanese factions to unite

Jordan's King Abdullah II met with a top Lebanese politician on Wednesday and urged Lebanon's political factions to end the sectarian strife wracking the country's fragile Western-backed government, the official Petra news agency said. Abdullah held talks with Lebanese lawmaker Saad Hariri at his hilltop palace in the Jordanian capital and "affirmed Jordan's support for all efforts to safeguard the unity and stability of Lebanon," Petra reported. The king "asserted the necessity to unify the efforts of all Lebanese to protect Lebanon's unity and rid it of its political crisis caused by sectarian interests and foreign intervention," the agency said.