Saturday, January 14, 2006

Cheney's Talks Expected to Focus on Syria and Iran

Kuwait News Agency:
US Vice-President Dick Cheney, who is due to have a round of talks with Egyptian leaders starting Monday, is expected to focus on the Syrian-Lebanese issue as well as the Iranian nuclear problem, an Egyptian diplomatic source told KUNA Saturday.

"Cheney is to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in order to discuss issues of bilateral interest, specifically those of Iran and the Mideast, as well as bilateral relations," the source said.

Following his talks in Egypt, Cheney is to proceed to Saudi Arabia, within the framework of a tour of the area, which was to have started on Dec 21 but was postponed because of emergency US Congress meetings, which Cheney was required to attend, the source said. READ MORE

The Cheney talks in Saudi Arabia are due to focus on the crisis between Washington and Tehran as well as the stalemate in relations between the US capital and Damascus, the White House had announced Friday.

Other items on the agenda of the talks include Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's health setback as well as the situation in the Palestinian political situation in view of the expected change in Israel's political leadership.