Syria: to finally recognize Lebanon as an independant state

22Jul08

At a conference of Mediterranean countries in Paris, Presidents Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Michel Suleiman of Lebanon agreed to open embassies in each other’s capital and to delineate the border between the two countries.

Mr. Muallem met on Monday with Mr. Suleiman and invited him to visit Damascus. The visit would be the first by a Lebanese official in more than three years.

“We are determined to open an embassy and to exchange diplomatic representation,” Walid Muallem told reporters here. “But this determination has to be shared.”

Lebanese-Syrian check list:

  • Diplomacy: Embassy exchange
  • Detainees: Lebanese prisoners of war jailed in Syria
  • Border: Demarcation of Lebanese-Syrian border
  • Official Shebaa farms demarcation (UN position)
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2 Responses to “Syria: to finally recognize Lebanon as an independant state”

  1. Syria has actually recognised Lebanon as an independent country in the 1940s, by signing the Alexandria Protocol. As for Syrian politicians denouncing the fact that the Lebanese and the Syrians are one people divided into two states, this is likely to resume in a very short time, and it has nothing to do with an official recognition.
    Interestingly enough, the Syrian government once asked Lebanon for an exchange of Ambassadors, in the 1960s. Lebanon officially refused, following Kamal Jumblatt’s recommendation.

  2. I wonder how much of this has to do with Suleiman’s threat to “liberate Shebaa by force if necessary” and the subsequent movement of Lebanese troops into Shebaa territory that Israel had withdrawn from in 2000 because the U.N. says it is part of Lebanon, but Syria claims as its own.


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