Syria and Lebanon have formally established diplomatic relations, six decades after the Mideast neighbors gained independence from France.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and his Lebanese counterpart, Fawzi Salloukh, signed a document Wednesday launching the ties in Syria’s capital, Damascus. The two men called for greater cooperation in preventing terrorist attacks in their territories.
Moallem says the two sides will open embassies in each other’s capitals before the end of the year.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman agreed to establish relations in July.
Syrian troops occupied Lebanon for three decades before Damascus was forced to withdraw its troops in 2005.
via Voice of America: Syria, Lebanon Formally Launch Diplomatic Relations