Middle East Economic Survey


No 8


Political Comment (21 February 2005)

The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri has ratcheted up the international and regional pressure on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon. The final results of Iraqs parliamentary elections give a narrow victory to the countrys Shi'a majority. Israel has expanded its list of preconditions for resuming peace talks with Syria.

Hariri Assassination Piles Pressure On Syria

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