Saad Hariri, Lebanon’s Prime Minister, highlighted a reconciliation of cordial relations with Syria. He said he had been misled into accusing Syria of the assassination of his father Rafik Hariri, a five-time Prime Minister of Lebanon, in 2005.
Mohamed El Baradei, a former head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, called for a boycott of the polls of the presidential elections in Egypt in November. El Baradei had openly aired his intention to run for president, but now says the elections cannot be fair.
A few days after the official departure of US combat troops out of Iraq, five suicide bombers killed at least 17 people including themselves, in attacks against Iraqi army facilities in Baghdad.