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Egyptian intelligence chief meets Syrian Pres.

DAMASCUS, March 17 (KUNA) -- Chief of the Egyptian intelligence Major General Ahmad Murad, on a visit to Damascus to breaking the ice in bilateral ties, held talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Thursday.
A statement by the President's office said Muarad and Al-Assad discussed common desire to reactivate bilateral coordination and cooperation at the highest levels.
Relations between Cairo and Damascus have been largely icy since 2006 as a result of differences over stances toward the Israeli offensive on Lebanon that year and various regional issues.
The top leaders of the two countries have recently exchanged messages of cordial content -- following ouster of president Hosni Mubarak and take-over of power by an interim military council.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has expressed desire to open a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the two countries.
These ties had seen strains since the 70s when Cairo worked out a peace deal with Israel. (pickup previous) om.bs KUNA 172129 Mar 11NNNN