Syria says ties with Lebanon revived

Syria and Lebanon have opened a "new page" in their ties, poisoned by the killing of ex-premier Rafiq al-Hariri, Syria's foreign minister says after talks with Lebanon's prime minister.

    Syria's Faruq al-Shara (R) meets Lebanon's Fuad Siniora

    "We have embarked upon a new phase in our relations," Faruq al-Shara said after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora on the sidelines of a gathering of European leaders with their southern neighbours in Barcelona on Monday.

    "We want to open a new page," he said, adding that Syria "wants to see security and stability in Lebanon".

    Siniora agreed that progress had been made.

    "We want to have healthy and strong relations between the two countries," he said.

    Syria has been under international pressure after the UN Security Council demanded Damascus's full cooperation with an investigation into the 14 February car bomb killing of al-Hariri in Beirut, amid suspicion that Syria was involved.

    Al-Shara said Syria would provide that co-operation.

    "On Lebanon, Syria is committed to collaborating with the international commission of investigation and resolved to uncover the truth behind the assassination as both Syria and Lebanon, as neighbouring and independent peoples, have a major interest in doing so."

    Al-Shara added that both countries were allies "whose common interests are unlimited".

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.