Assad meets with Lebanese Druze leader Jumblatt

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March 31, 2010 12:51

 
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt on Wednesday, Al Arabiya cited the official Syrian news agency as saying, sealing a reconciliation with one of his fiercest former critics in Lebanon.

Jumblatt had turned fiercely anti-Syrian after the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri and criticized Assad as being responsible for the killing.

Many Lebanese blamed Damascus for his Hariri's death.

Jumblatt was the main force behind the creation of a Western-backed alliance that led massive street protests to demand the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon following Hariri's assassination.

But he has since said good ties with Syria were crucial to prevent Lebanon from descending into chaos and to preserve its Druze minority.

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