( dpa ) - General Mohammed Suleiman, a military adviser to Syrian president Bashar al- Assad assassinated on Friday, had close links with Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, a high-ranking Lebanese security official Sunday.
"Suleiman served as Syria's liaison officer to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement," said the official, who requested anonymity.
According to the source, Suleiman was shot dead by a sniper in the Syrian port city of Tartous .
His funeral service will be held on Sunday in Suleiman's home-town of Driekesh , which is located less than 20 kilometres away from Tartous .
No official comment was made regarding the assassination.
According to the Lebanese official, Suleiman also had very close links with Imad Mughaniyeh , the former military commander of Hezbollah, who was assassinated in February in Damascus.
Hezbollah, which leads the parliamentary opposition in Lebanon, is backed by Iran and Syria. It has been classified by the US as a terrorist organization.
Lebanon's newly formed national-unity government is expected to adopt by Tuesday a policy statement which recognizes Hezbollah's right to use all possible means to regain Lebanese sovereignty over Shebaa Farms and nearby Israeli-held parts of Ghajjar village.
Israel and the United Nations say Shebaa , occupied during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, is Syrian, while Damascus and Beirut, which never demarcated their borders, say it is Lebanese.
"The Lebanese cabinet will meet either Monday and Tuesday to adopt the draft," a government official said.
After the statement is adopted at the cabinet it will be passed to parliament for a vote of confidence.