The newfound closeness between Lebanon and Syria was cemented on the second day of talks between the countries’ leaders in Damascus.
The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said he agreed with Syria’s President Assad on taking serious steps to open up ‘new horizons’ in ties between Beirut and Damascus.
And al-Hariri said the two leaders had discovered common ground.
He told a news conference: “We in Lebanon care about seeing the Golan being given back to Syria, just as Syria is interested in seeing all the Lebanese territories occupied by Israel being given back to Lebanon.”
The talks mark the end of nearly five years of animosity between Syria and al-Hariri’s political allies. His alliance accused Syria of assassinating his father, the statesman Rafik al-Hariri in 2005.
Syria has always denied any involvement, but such was the uproar from Lebanon and around the world that it was forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon after a presence of three decades.