Friday, November 13, 2009

Bilateral Relations: Syria hails "climate of trust" with France

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has hailed a "climate of trust" with France ahead of a visit to Paris.

Al-Assad, due in the capital on Friday for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to focus on prospects for Israeli-Syrian relations.

Sarkozy met Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, earlier this week.

"A year and a half after the resumption of good relations between France and Syria, we have first of all built a climate of trust and we can, now, elaborate a clearer vision for the future," al-Assad told Le Figaro newspaper.

Relations between France and Syria have been warming since al-Assad made a landmark visit to Paris last year for Bastille Day celebrations and Sarkozy visited Damascus two months later in September 2008.

Source: Aljazeeranet

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