Lebanese, Egyptian leaders mull political crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora on Saturday called on Arab leaders to support his country during its ongoing political crisis that has pitted his Western-backed government against the Hizbullah-led opposition. During a meeting with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, Saniora said he also was counting on support from Arabs to help maintain economic stability in Lebanon. "All Arabs are aware of the suffering the Lebanese have had for the last 30 years and the need for support to overcome the problems built during that long period ending with the Israeli invasion into Lebanon that caused a lot of destruction," he told reporters after his meeting with Mubarak. Saniora's meeting in Egypt kicked off the embattled Lebanese leader's Middle East tour, where he is set to meet leaders from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Bahrain as part of an attempt to shore up Arab backing for his government.