The Lebanese and the Syrians reacted to the of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri to Syria and his meeting with president Bashar al Assad . Here is a sampling of the reactions
SANA, The Syrian Arab New Agency said : ” Assad’s meeting with Hariri created new horizons for the cooperation of the two countries in all fields.”
Buthaina Shaaban, advisor of the Syrian president said : The mood of the meeting was positive and added :” The issue of border demarcation between Lebanon and Syria was discussed and many steps will be taken in this regard. The discussion also tackled other issues.
Zahle MP Nuhad al-Mashnouq told LBC: “Hariri’s visit to Damascus aims toat “breaking the ice” first and then to move on to the pending issues between the two countries.”
Kataeb MP Sami Gemayel told Manar TV: “Nothing about Hariri’s visit to Syria calls for commenting so far”
A Syrian official told Tele Liban: “Hariri’s visit is important in shape and content.”
Amal MP Qassem Hashem said :” Hariri’s visit to Syria is the beginning for putting back the brotherly Lebanese-Syrian relations on their natural track.
Lebanon First MP Bahia Hariri, aunt of the PM said : It is natural when PM Hariri visits Syria as the premier of all of Lebanon government. In the end, Syria is the closest country to us, and hopefully the visit will produce stability and security in Lebanon.
Lebanon First MP Ammar Houry told LBC: “Hariri’s visit to Syria represents the gateway toward a new stage and it is a positive in the right direction.
Update Dec 20, 2009 : More reactions
Former Lebanese president and Phalange leader Amin Gemayel said : We have supported Hariri’s visit to Syria right from the beginning as a first step in addressing the problems but the wound is too deep
State minister Adnan al Sayyed told an Nahar : Hariri’s visit to Syria is important , because this is the first time a member of the Hariri family meets with a Syrian leader since the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri
Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said after meeting with delegations from the city of Sidon that the visit of Prime Minister Hariri to Syria is important and God willing, the results will be satisfactory to the two brotherly countries.
Hezbollah sources told An Nahar that the leaders of the party are treating the visit of PM Saad Hariri as an important and historic event and that the party is following up minute by minute the developments and is hopeful that this will reflect positively on stability in the Lebanese internal situation . The sources added : “The party hopes the visit will also contribute to a normalization of relations between the two countries and will promote national unity. “