Middle East Economic Survey


No 20


Political Comment (19 May 2008)

The Lebanese government and the Hizbollah-led opposition have agreed to talks in Qatar to resolve the crisis over the presidency after the government backed off its attempt to rein in Hizbollah. The Americans have been vocal in their disapproval. An agreement has been reached on ending weeks of fighting in the Baghdad stronghold of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed...