Syria-Lebanon Presidents to meet on Aug 13

It will be Sleiman's first official visit to Syria and the first meeting with Assad since the two leaders announced in Paris last month that they planned to establish ties.

Syria-Lebanon Presidents to meet on Aug 13
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman will visit Damascus next week for talks with Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, as the two neighbours move to establish diplomatic ties, an official said on Tuesday.

"The summit will be held on August 13," an official from the presidential palace said.

It will be Sleiman's first official visit to Syria and the first meeting with Assad since the two leaders announced in Paris last month that they planned to establish ties.

The two neighbours have never had official diplomatic relations since their independence from France more than 60 years ago.

Lebanon's new national unity cabinet, in which the opposition holds veto power, adopted a policy statement on Monday calling for "brotherly relations with Syria on the basis of mutual respect of sovereignty and the independence of both countries."

It also called for the demarcation of borders.

A parliamentary vote of confidence on the manifesto will allow the government to begin to function officially. An official from speaker Nabih Berri's office said that parliament would probably meet on Friday.

Sleiman came to office after a deal struck in Qatar between the rival factions on May 21, filling a six-month void in the presidency.

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Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2008, 08:10
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