Syria

    A Lebanese Christian leader who fought against Syrian troops in Lebanon two decades ago has held talks with Syria's President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Michel Aoun said he had had frank discussions with Assad. He added that Lebanon and Syria were now putting the past behind them and opening a new page of better relations. Aoun is the latest senior Lebanese politician to visit Syria since the two countries established diplomatic relations in October. Aoun's visit to Syria has been criticized by anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians, but he has said his animosity toward Syria ended when Syrian troops left Lebanon in 2005. (BBC)

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