Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri dismissed the chances of peace ever being achieved in the Middle East in an interview with Syrian media.
"The conflict with Israel will always exist," said Otri in a report cited by the online website of Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar on Friday.
He also praised the conduct of the Lebanese Armed Forces in the border exchange that left one IDF soldier, three Lebanese soldiers and one Lebanese journalist dead.
Otri went on to call Lebanon a military liability for the Syrian state. "Lebanon is the weak flank in Syria's back," he said. Otri noted that despite its previous troop withdrawl, "Syria has returned to Lebanon stronger than before."