Leaders from Lebanese opposition and parliament majority meet in Beirut

Top leaders from Lebanon's parliament majority and the opposition met for the first time in three months Thursday as part of efforts by the head of the Arab League to end Lebanon's 15-month-old political crisis. Majority leader Saad Hariri and Christian opposition leader Michel Aoun met Thursday at the parliament building in downtown Beirut. They were joined by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, who is aligned with the anti-Syrian majority. After the three-hour meeting, Moussa told reporters they discussed topics related to an Arab initiative aimed at electing a new president and forming a national unity government. Moussa added that he will visit Syria on Friday and then return to Beirut to continue his mediation. "There were some agreements on some topics and this makes me optimistic," Moussa said, refusing to provide details.