Morning Report: March 23, 2006

Mubarak calls talks. Debka: 'President Hosni Mubarak summons Syrian and Lebanese leaders to urgent talks in Sharm el-Sheikh. He will preside over a discussion Thursday, March 23, between Syrian president Bashar Assad and his deputy Farouq a-Shara, and Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora. DEBKAfile reports the Egyptian ruler hopes they can hammer out a solution for the Lebanese crisis that will salvage the Arab summit opening in Khartoum next Tuesday, March 28. Failing a Syrian-Lebanese consensus on what to do about the pro-Syrian Lebanese president Emile Lahoud, who refuses to step down, the Arab summit will be stuck for a resolution on the key Lebanon issue.' (Debka)