Syria: Italian FM to discuss Hariri tribunal, ME

Italy's foreign minister said Monday his country hopes to strengthen cooperation with Syria to achieve peace in the Middle East. During his two-day visit to Damascus, Massimo D'Alema will discuss the recent UN Security Council resolution to establish an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Speaking to reporters upon arrival in the Syrian capital, he said he will also discuss recent developments in the Palestinian territories, as well as other regional and international developments. "We will talk (with Syrian officials) about Lebanon, developments in the Middle East and the Palestinian issue because we are in a very delicate moment and we have to strengthen our cooperation in order to achieve peace," he told reporters.