Meanwhile, a gathering of hardline anti-government Syrian groups met in Riyadh and persisted in the demand that Assad leaves power.
Hariri said he hoped this move would open “a new gateway for a responsible dialogue…that deals with divisive issues and their repercussions on Lebanon’s relations with Arab brothers.”
Trump has cultivated much warmer ties with the Saudis after a fraught relationship with Obama.
With an opposition-less Prince Mohammed cosily ensconced with his American and Israeli allies, the three belligerent powers in the region are squaring up for a battle to rid Israel and Saudi Arabia of any challenge to their dominance.
The Syrian army launched its attack against ISIS there in September, backed by Russian airstrikes and fighting alongside Iran-backed militias and the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.
The continued ability for ISIS to mount attacks in areas where it was thought to have been eliminated will hinder efforts to stabilise regions when the fighting wanes.
Though both are fighting ISIS, Moscow backs the Syrian government, whereas the US military backs a collection of Kurdish and Arab forces.
Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were “tightening the noose” on ISIS in the barren frontier region, the military media unit run by Hezbollah said.
ISIS is losing ground fast in Syria to separate campaigns waged by the Russian-backed Syrian government on the one hand, and to US-backed Kurdish forces and their allies on the other.
The Lebanese army will attack ISIS from the Lebanese side of the border while Hezbollah and the Syrian army will simultaneously attack it from the Syrian side.
Buses carrying Syrian militants and refugees left a Lebanese border area bound for rebel-held Syria on Wednesday, under a deal made after Shi’ite Hezbollah routed Sunni Islamist Nusra Front insurgents in their last foothold at the frontier.
The respite came as a part of a elaborate ceasefire between Hezbollah and Nusra Front allowing civilians living in refugee camps in the Arsal Area to leave.
The ceasefire has halted all fighting in areas near the Lebanese border town of Arsal where Hezbollah launched its assault on Nusra Front militants last week.
Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri said the army would carry out an operation in a Syrian border area that has been a base for militants including jihadist groups.
Trump’s West Asia tour has made the prospect of engagement and dialogue very remote. The region needs a strong dose of statesmanship and good sense for peace prospects to be revived.
The latest in a series of meetings will see the two countries sign a number of agreements on political and economic matters.
The US Department of Treasury on Monday labelled El Aissami a drug “kingpin,” accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea and having links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia.
On the ground, rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the deal.
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
Air strikes blasted neighbourhoods around a children’s hospital and a blood bank in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in a second day of renewed bombing.
The bombardment appeared to mark the end of a pause in strikes on targets inside the city declared by Syria’s government and Russia on October 18.
The Syrian military have made repeated efforts to oust rebels from the 1070 Apartments area since the summer.
Hariri’s nomination is part of a political deal that resulted in the election of Michel Aoun as head of state on Monday, ending a presidential vacuum.
Michel Aoun, a staunch supporter of Hezbollah, was surprisingly endorsed by Saad-al Hariri, whose government was overthrown in 2011 by Hezbollah and its allies.
Israel’s history, geographical area and position all contribute to its offense-based military strategy; however, the same factors don’t apply to India.
The international community seems totally incapable of stopping the bloodshed in Syria. But we can express our outrage.
Speaker Nabih Berri took the decision after the withdrawal of the Free Patriotic Movement which criticised the dialogue of rival politicians as pointless and condemned what it called contraventions of a national pact on sectarian power-sharing among the Lebanese.
In nine months, at least six dual-national Iranians have been arrested, with dubious allegations against them suggesting political or economic objectives
Bahrain has accused the opposition of undermining security and fostering violence and terrorism in the country.
Though the UN Refugee Agency stated that the attackers came from inside Syria, local authorities raided Syrian refugee camps and detained hundreds of people.
ISIS had urged its followers to attack the ‘non-believers’ in the month of Ramadan.
The report says that Bahrain has made progress toward implementing reforms recommended by an independent commission, but “more work remains to be done.”
Bahrain has defended its actions against Shi’ite Muslim figures in the context of national security, while Iran and Hezbollah condemned the decision, saying it could provoke violent resistance from the people.
The Lebanese banking sector has been at the centre of an escalating crisis since the US passed a law requiring banks to take steps to target the finances of the armed Shi’ite political group Hezbollah.
In addition to the war with Islamic State, Assad is fighting rebels who include groups that have received support from his foreign enemies, Turkey included.
The Sunni power has used Muslim networks to push states into cutting off contacts with Iran, including by creating an Islamic Coalition against terrorism without inviting Tehran to join. The two nations are also wooing India, and South American and African countries.
Mustafa Badreddine was one of the highest ranking officials in Hezbollah and assessed by the US government to be responsible for the group’s military operations in Syria, where it is fighting alongside the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The falling out between the countries that began in January has become increasingly embittered.