Tuesday, July 19, 2005

andu sadaa!

From an excellent new source of free comprehensive translated articles from around the region, mideastwire.com. Mubarak calls Assad, and verbally bitchsmacks him for being uppity.

"Mubarak to Assad: Your behaviour is giving me a headache"

Al Seyassah, an independent Kuwaiti newspaper, reported on July 19 that, "the decision to free the Lebanese fishermen, a decision taken by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was prompted by a call from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak… This came after attempts by the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, to end the vengeful actions being taken by the Syrian government against the Lebanese." The parties trying to ease the tensions want the Syrians to reopen the Lebanese-Syrian borders and free the fishermen held by the Syrians, Al Seyasah reported.

The newspaper added that Assad heard harsh words from the Egyptian President who threatened him by saying: “If you don’t free those fishermen, I will not stand by you facing your worsening relationship with the international community." Assad was, according to sources, shocked since he considered the issue of the fisherman unimportant, saying that it was only nine fishermen. Then, according to Al Seyassah, Mubarak answered back: “Even if it was only one fisherman, this issue is an issue of principle. Your behaviour is causing me a headache”.

A Syrian source told Al Seyassah, yesterday, that Syria has decided to stop treating Lebanon as a preferred country and will cut off its “free electricity” and gas pipelines. - Al Seyassah, Kuwait


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