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Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri told President Clinton during a meeting in Washington that a peace agreement with Israel could be negotiated in three months if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resumes negotiations where they left off with Syria. Damascus has been demanding that any negotiations resume at the point reached with the Labor governments of Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, who had expressed a willingness to withdraw from the Golan Heights and southern Lebanon in exchange for peace. Hariri later met with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to discuss U.S. calls on Lebanon to discuss what Israel says are necessary security arrangements in order to withdraw from southern Lebanon.

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