Syria has undertaken to facilitate the entry and exit formalities for Lebanese travelers at its border posts with Lebanon, official newspapers in Damascus reported Monday, April 9.
Lebanese travelers will be no longer required to submit their documents in person at Immigration and Passports counters at the border, they said.
The driver of the vehicle or any of its passengers can submit the documents on behalf of the rest if all the travelers on board are Lebanese, they added.
This measure, which reduces the queues at the border post counters, has been decided because of "the special brotherly relations between the Arab people in Lebanon and Syria," the reports said.
It comes, as a row over Syria's presence in Lebanon seems to have caused sectarian splits after Christian calls for a pullout of Syria's 35,000 soldiers prompted Muslims to rally in favor of Damascus.
Syria has not intervened publicly in the row, though its official press has stressed the Syrian role in ending the 15-year Lebanese sectarian civil war in 1990. — (AFP, Damascus)
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