Assad. 'Excellent relations between brother nations'
Photo: Reuters

Assad vows to defend Lebanon

Syrian president meets Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri in Damascus, expresses his determination to maintain Lebanon's strength, national unity. 'We must continue in the path of calm and dialogue to solve the problems in Lebanon,' he states

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday evening that his country "must support the resistance movement in a way which will maintain Lebanon's strength and defend it against external dangers threatening its security and stability."


The Syrian leader spoke during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is visiting Damascus.


Official Syrian news agency SANA reported that the two discussed the "excellent" bilateral relations between their two countries, "which emphasize the depth of the historic ties between the two brother nations, as well as the future horizons for tightening the cooperation between the countries in all areas," the two leaders said in a joint statement.

Assad and Hariri. 'Strengthen national agreement' (Photo: AP)


The two leaders expressed their determination to continue coordinating in order to maintain the joint interests of both countries. President Assad stressed that "we must continue in the path of calm and dialogue in order to solve the problems in Lebanon and strengthen the national agreement."


The two also discussed the "positive echoes" of Assad's historic visit to Lebanon with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz last month.


The visit was aimed at calming the tensions in Lebanon ahead of the indictment expected to be filed with an international tribunal in regards to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.


The Lebanese prime minister added that the "historic visit of President Assad and the Saudi king to Lebanon stresses their determination to help Lebanon's national unity."



פרסום ראשון: 08.30.10, 14:56
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