Syria, Lebanon to resume work to demarcate border

Assad, Suleiman release joint statement saying a committee will be formed to agree on the border.

assad suleiman 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
assad suleiman 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Syria and Lebanon have agreed to negotiate the demarcation of their border, a longtime demand of the Lebanese as they seek to normalize relations with their long dominant larger neighbor. A day after the countries' presidents agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, the two men released a joint statement Thursday saying a committee would be formed to agree on the border. The border between Lebanon and Syria has been ill-defined since the two countries became independent from French rule in 1943. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman's visit to Damascus was the first by a Lebanese head of state since Syria withdrew troops from its neighbor in 2005 after three decades.