Syrian Lebanese information ministers highlight constructive, stimulated dialogue with USA
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 9/13/2004
Information Minister Ahmad al-Hasan and his Lebanese counterpart, Michael Smaha have stressed the distinguished deeply-rooted fraternal relations linking the two states.
In a joint press conference in Damascus Sunday Al-Hasan and Smaha emphasized continuation of the joint cooperation and coordination between the two states towards different issues in the framework of the agreements and treaties signed between them particularly the brotherhood, coordination and cooperation treaty.
Al-Hasan and Smaha said that " Syria and Lebanon constitute a firm and solid base to gain rights and make others respect dignity and the national rights of the two sisterly countries." They confirmed that coordination between Syria and Lebanon is made on all levels based on the agreements and treaties signed between them.
The two ministers reiterated Syria's and Lebanon's keenness on the unity of Iraqi people and land and on the restoration of its sovereignty as soon as possible in order to overcome the plight it passes through.
They stressed Syria and Lebanon's readiness for cooperation with Iraq to rebuild the country's institutions.
Al-Hasan and Smaha stressed the necessity of caution in dealing with events and pointed out to the negative aspects of the hasty inferences by some media which lead them to delude facts and mislead people.
"Reevaluation of the controversial issues between Syria and the U.S. depends on the constructive dialogue principle which forms a positive factor in reaching practical solutions for the pending issues, achieves convincing results that will eliminate causes that disturb the relations between Syria and the U.S., al-Hasan said.
For his part, Smaha said that " Any foreign interference in issue of the Syrian-Lebanese relations is considered an interference in Lebanon' sovereignty." Adding that the resolution UN Security Council No. 1559 is a Lebanese resolution and only the Lebanese state and government has the right to deal with such resolutions." In response to a question on the Syrian-French relations, Hasan stressed Syria's keenness on strengthening relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, pointing out to the importance of dialogue in developing and enhancing those relations.
On the outcomes of the visit of Assistant Secretary of States for the Middle East Affairs William Burns, al-Hasan said " The visit came in the framework of continuing the standing dialogue between Syria and the U.S.
On Lebanon's move in facing repercussions of the UN Security Council resolution No. 1559, Smaha said " it is a Lebanese internal affair.." "From informational side the content of the resolution can be explained as a blow against the Palestinians inside Palestine and Lebanon's stability through settling Palestinians in Lebanon. It is an old new project which was raised several times but the project was foiled by Syrian-Lebanese cooperation," he added.
Smaha welcomed any open dialogue with the U.S. that serves Lebanon's higher national interest.
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