“Potential Saudi-Syrian-Lebanese grand bargain could isolate Iran”

“Potential Saudi-Syrian-Lebanese grand bargain could isolate Iran”
June 24 & 25, 2009
     The US will dispatch an ambassador to Syria for the first time since 2005 in a move widely viewed as an effort to isolate Iran. Michael Collins Dunn writes that the move may be part of a “Saudi-Syrian-Lebanese grand bargain” in which Damascus would recognize US- and Saudi-backed Saad al-Hariri’s nomination as Prime Minister of Lebanon and Riyadh would mend relations with Damascus, thereby further decreasing Tehran’s influence in Damascus. Hariri is also working to mend relations with opposition group Hezbollah, which is allied with Damascus and Tehran (Middle East Institute). Tariq Alhomayed writes that Damascus may have already decided to move away from Tehran, citing comments by officials that Syria would welcome Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah while also pursuing both cooperation with the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and indirect peace talks with Israel (Asharq Alawsat).
Middle East Institute | Asharq Alawsat

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