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Lebanon and Syria have formally established diplomatic ties for the first
Lebanon and Syria have formally established diplomatic ties for the first time in their modern history, Lebanese media reported on Wednesday.

The Syrian and Lebanese foreign ministers, Walid Muallem and Fawzi Salloukh, issued a joint statement announcing "the launch of diplomatic relations as of today, October 15, 2008."

On Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signed a decree on the establishment of diplomatic relations with Lebanon and the opening of an embassy in Beirut.

Lebanon and Syria decided to establish diplomatic relations, for the first time in their modern history, on August 13, during an official visit by the Lebanese president to Damascus.

Lebanon became an independent state in 1943, two years before Syria.

Following the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, Syria gave in to international pressure and pulled its troops out of Lebanon, after almost three decades of military presence.

In addition to Hariri's death, anti-Syrian factions in Lebanon have blamed Damascus for a series of attacks targeting lawmakers and politicians opposed to Syria since 2005. Syria has denied any involvement.


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