France is desperately trying to get rid of former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam, it emerged tonight.
A delegation of French diplomats arrived in Saudi, to arrange for him to be transferred out. Saudi said no. The French delegation immediately went across to the UAE – it’s not clear what their response is.
It seems that after Khaddam’s stream of inflamatory statements, France does not want to be stuck in the middle anymore. Chirac, a long-time friend of Syria, has been frosty towards President Bashar Al-Assad, but it seems hosting Khaddam is a step too far even for him.
Interesting, too, that Saudi is refusing to let Khaddam in. Oh to be a fly on the wall of the King Abdullah-Bashar talks last week.