1. Various shots of French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin meeting with Syrian president Bashar Assad
2. SOUNDBITE: (French) Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister:
"We are worried first to respond to the humanitarian urgency that is needed in the whole country and to which the international committee as well as the states and the United Nations and those who can cooperate in this field have been mobilised. There is the particular question of the security of Iraq. You already know the responsibility of each power engaged in this conflict. They are present on the territory and they should provide security"
4. SOUNDBITE: (French) Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister:
"We are in constant and regular contact with all the concerned parties, American and British, and we follow up this security situation. This is a complimentary reason, as France has been saying for a long time, so as the United Nations would be able to install and work for the necessary legitimacy. We are convinced to ensure in the best conditions at the same time, unity, integrity and sovereignty of Iraq".
Beirut, Lebanon - 13 April 2003
5. Car driving into driveway
6. De Villepin meeting with Lebanese president Emile Lahoud at presidential palace in Baabda
7. Various of meeting with Lebanese President and French delegation
8. De Villepin meeting with Prime Minister Rafic Hariri
9. Various of meeting with Hariri
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister:
"In order to give credibility, we need to have a dialogue between all the countries of the region and all the others concerned".
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Dominique de Villepin, French Foreign Minister:
"It is necessary to lift very soon sanctions over Iraq and to respect the UN resolutions. The situation in Iraq with the collapse of Saddam Hussein regime has totally changed. Therefore we should take it into consideration. Inspectors should notice the disarmament of Iraq. As for the future, we hope to work with an open and constructive mind and as soon as possible, we should establish a government recognised by the international community and which would gather all Iraqi parties and forces."
French foreign Minister Dominique De Villepin met with Lebanese officials in Beirut on Sunday as part of a Middle East tour that has already taken him to Egypt and Syria.
De Villepin has been meeting with Middle East leaders to discuss issues surrounding the reconstruction of post-war Iraq.
France, like Russia and Germany said on Saturday the United Nations (UN) should have a central role.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud released a statement after meeting with de Villepin and said that the French view coincided with Lebanon's on the UN role in Iraq.
Lehoud said the UN has a role to play in restoring security in Iraq and in the political, economic and humanitarian development of the country and that the collapse of Iraq's state institutions would have "negative repercussions on the future of peace in the Middle East."
On Saturday, de Villepin met with Syrian president Bashar Assad and other Syrian leaders.
After the meeting, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa said the aim of the US-led war against neighbouring Iraq was to destroy the country and not change the regime as the US has said.
Earlier on Saturday, Villepin also met with Egypt's President and Foreign Minister.
In a news conference Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher called on the US to leave Iraq and Iraqis be given a chance to choose a new leader.
Villepin concludes his Middle East tour in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.