Assad issues decree to open embassy in Beirut
Syria's official news agency said the country will open an embassy in Lebanon for the first time since the two countries gained independence in the 1940s. The agency, SANA, reported Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Tuesday establishing diplomatic relations with Lebanon.
The decree does not say when the embassy will be opened. It provides for "the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Lebanese republic and the creation of a diplomatic mission at ambassador level in the Lebanese capital Beirut," it said.
Lebanon and Syria agreed to establish diplomatic relations during an official visit by the Lebanese president to Damascus in April.