Lebanese President to visit Syria this weekend: reports
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is due to visit Syria this weekend, local newspaper al-Manar reported on its website on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
Hezbollah's paper al-Manar said that Suleiman would visit Damascus this weekend to extend condolences to Syrian President Bashar Assad over the death of his younger brother Majd Hafez.
Suleiman returned on Wednesday to Beirut, concluding a visit to Washington where he met with U.S. President Barack Obama and top officials.
Suleiman, a former commander of the Lebanese Army, asked Obama and the U.S. officials to supply Lebanon with modern and advanced weapons in order to enable it defending its southern borders with Israel as well as of facing terrorism.
The Lebanese President's upcoming visit to Syria comes amid preparations for a similar visit by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, after his national unity cabinet was granted a record number of confidence votes last week in the parliament.
The relations of the two countries soured after Hariri's father Rafic was assassinated on Feb. 14, 2005 in Beirut, which ended Syria's military presence in Lebanon after 29 years. It is suspected that Syria was behind the assassination, but Damascus denied the charge.
The two countries reestablished diplomatic relations in October of 2008, and sent ambassadors to each other in the first half of this year.