Mubarak to meet Assad on Syrian crisis

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak flew unexpectedly to Damascus on Friday for talks with beleaguered Syrian counterpart Basahr Assad on his country's crisis with the West over the killing of a former Lebanese leader. Mubarak will discuss with Assad efforts underway at the Security Council to impose sanctions on Syria if it doesn't cooperate with the U.N. investigation into Rafik Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination, Egypt's Middle East News Agency said. "Escalated developments in the region" prompted Mubarak's unscheduled visit, MENA added.