The Lebanese delegation will head to Damascus on Monday


The Lebanese delegation of experts that was scheduled to visit Damascus last Wednesday, will now be making the trip early on Monday , ministerial sources told An Nahar newspaper.

The delegation will reportedly include five Directors General and economic experts . The 20-member team will be headed by State Minister Jean Oghassabian, according to al-Liwaa newspaper.

The experts will discuss with their Syrian counterparts Lebanese-Syrian agreements and ways to amend or improve them to “build healthy and new relations between the two countries,” the daily said.

According to media reports Syria canceled the meeting planned for last Wednesday after allegedly Lebanon decided to send a low-level delegation.

Observers described Syria’s behavior in canceling the original meeting as ” arm-twisting ” targeting the Lebanese prime minister and another exercise in “politically hegemony”. … it was Hariri’s idea after all and the delegation was supposed to make preparations for his visit to Syria which is supposed to take place within weeks .

“Obviously Hariri would not be sending a delegation to Syria , if he did not think it was qualified to represent him”, one observer told Ya Libnan.

Al-Hayat newspaper reported Friday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri has held several telephone conversations with his Syrian counterpart Mohammed Naji Otari over the visit of the Lebanese delegation to Damascus and the results were positive