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Lebanon’s former President Emile Lahoud, accompanied by his two sons, former MP Emile Emile Lahoud and Ralph Lahoud, met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the People’s Palace this afternoon and discussed various regional and international developments.

Lahoud said following the meeting that relationship between Syria and Lebanon have to be special.

“President Bashar al-Assad and former President of Lebanon Gen. Emile Lahoud on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the positive steps Syrian-Lebanese relations have made during the past year.” SANA, the Syrian official news agency reported.

Assad was behind the renewal of Lahoud’s term in 2004 for another 3 years when Lebanon was under Syrian tutelage. Assad’s interference in Lebanese internal affairs caused an outrage in Lebanon and is reportedly behind UN resolution 1559.

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