Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lebanon, Syria to exchange embassies says Sarkozy

Sat 12 Jul 2008, 15:53 GMT

PARIS (Reuters) - Syria and Lebanon have decided to open embassies in each other's country for the first time in their troubled relations, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Saturday.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Sarkozy said: "I would like to say what a historic step forward it is for France that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is determined to open a diplomatic representation in Lebanon, and that Lebanon should open a diplomatic representation in Syria."
He said both leaders had authorised him to make the announcement.
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