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Exclusive: A new start for Lebanon and Syria

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Exclusive: A new start for Lebanon and Syria


Five years after the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, Syria is slowly regaining its influence in Beruit.

Analysts believe Damascus now wields more diplomatic clout in Lebanon than it did before Hariri’s killing in a bomb attack in 2005.

In an exclusive euronews interview with the murdered stateman’s son – Saad Hariri, himself now prime minister of Lebanon – talks frankly about the new “reality”.

“We have opened a new page. We’re building confidence. Because of the cessation of contact for five years between Lebanon and Syria. Currently a new relationship is being built between the two states and two peoples,” he said.

Among the issues tackled by Arab news team correspondent Hussein Ibrahim is a recent assertion by the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Hezbollah was behind the assassination of Saad Hariri’s father.

“He should go to an international court to make his representations. But I think because of the killings carried out by Israel it’s better he should go behind bars without trial,” he said.

The full interview will be broadcast on euronews
starting Monday, February 15.

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