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An-Nahar: "very successful" military discussions between Murr and Turkmani PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 January 2009


Murr on Wednesday also met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Murr's Damascus Visit Pushed Border Issue Forward

Defense Minister Elias Murr's visit to Damascus has pushed the border issue between Lebanon and Syria forward, news reports said Thursday.

Murr on Wednesday met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top officials in his first visit to Damascus in more than three years.

He also met with Syrian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Hassan Ali Turkmani who welcomed him at Damascus airport.

The daily An Nahar quoted sources close to Murr as saying the talks focused on military issues.

One source described the military aspect of the visit as "very successful."

He said the two sides tackled the issue of border control "which gave hope that the implementation is likely to take place very soon."

The sources said the two sides also discussed ways to conduct patrols along the 365-km long Lebanese-Syrian border that includes 82 crossings via which smuggling is taking place.

Beirut, 29 Jan 09, 11:04



Syria - lbci report - Denise Rahme Fakhry - 28/01/2009


An-Nahar: "very successful" military discussions between Murr and Turkmani
iloubnan.info - January 29, 2009, 11h05

BEIRUT - Detailed military discussions during Elias Murr’s visit to Damascus were “very successful”, an-Nahar daily reported on Thursday from a close source to Defense Minister.

Military affairs were discussed in detail between Murr and his Syrian counterpart, General Hassan Turkmani, and the accompanying military delegations on Wednesday in Damascus. Later, Murr and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed the matter too, the source said.

The source also said the talks were very serious and were held in accordance with the previously prepared files by each delegation concerning the control of the borders, adding this gave hope that the implementation might occur soon.


Lebanon, Syria talk security
The Associated Press
Published: January 28, 2009

DAMASCUS, Syria: Lebanon's defense minister is visiting Syria for the first time since escaping a 2005 assassination attempt which he suggested at the time was the work of Syrian intelligence agents.

The visit is a sign of improved ties between the two neighboring countries as they seek to rebuild trust. Elias Murr is the latest in a string of senior Lebanese officials to come to Damascus.

Murr on Wednesday held talks with President Bashar Assad and his Syrian counterpart, Hassan Ali Turkmani.

Syria's official news agency says they discussed security cooperation and combatting cross-border smuggling.

Lebanon and Syria in August decided to establish formal diplomatic relations, for the first time since they gained independence in the 1940s.


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