Lebanon and Syria talks: economy and diplomacy
Lebanese Minister of State in Syria to update bilateral agreements
April 20, 2010 10:11 by Katherine Azmeh
Lebanon’s Minister of State Jean Hogassapian is meeting with his Syrian counterpart Premier Naji al-Otri in Damascus in talks aimed at promoting cooperation between the two governments, as well as strengthening private sector interaction between Lebanon and Syria, the Daily Star reported Tuesday.
Hogassapian said that changes to the economic and financial landscapes both regionally and globally warranted a “re-evaluation of certain bilateral agreements” between the two nations,
“Our visit today aims essentially to discuss bilateral agreements particularly memos of understanding that needed to be updated … and a new deal that could be signed after preparing a draft agenda ahead of Hariri’s visit to meet his Syrian counterpart,” the Daily Star reported, quoting Hogassapian.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, in an upcoming visit to Damascus, is expected to ratify any amendments of the existing agreement and discuss border demarcations between the two nations. In particular, the Lebanese parliamentary majority is urging the deliberations related to the Shebaa Farms of southern Lebanon, in order to “to confirm its Lebanese identity and legitimize, before the international community, demands to liberate it, the Daily Star reported.
The Shebaa Farms is regarded by the UN as Syrian territory.