DAMASCUS, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - Syria officially
named its ambassador to Lebanon for the first time since the
countries gained independence in the 1940s, Lebanese LBC
television said on Tuesday.
"Lebanese President Michel Suleiman accepted Ali Abdul
Karim Ali's diplomatic accreditation as Syria's ambassador in
Beirut," the channel said.
The Syrian envoy has now joined three diplomats, who have
been working in the Syrian embassy in Beirut since December
2008 after the two countries' leaders pledged to improve
relations between the two Arab states at a meeting in Paris
The new Lebanese Ambassador to Syria Michel el-Khoury is
due to arrive in Damascus in the first half of April, until
then foreign ministry aide, Rami Murtada, is in charge of the
Syria for decades dominated Lebanon, before finally
pulling its troops from the neighboring country in April 2005.
This came just two months after the assassination of the former
Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri in a Beirut bombing. Damascus has
denied any involvement in the assassination.