Lebanon’s new Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, is on a visit to Syria to improve relations between the two countries. The trip comes a day after the Lebanese cabinet won a confidence vote ensuring its status as the nation’s first government since Syria ended a 29 military presence there.
Siniora was welcomed by his Syrian counterpart Naji al-Otari and talks with President Bashar al-Assad were also on the agenda. Damascus was forced to pull its troops out of its small neighbour amid anti-Syrian protests following the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik al Hariri. Many Lebanese blamed his death on Syrian agents. In subsequent parliamentary elections pro-Syrian politicians were swept from power. But there is still a significant pro-Syrian minority within the country and the new cabinet has vowed to pursue good relations with Damascus.