Assad, 69: President Died While Speaking to Lebanese President

Published June 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Syrian President Hafez Assad died while talking on the telephone to his Lebanese counterpart Emile Lahoud, the latter said in a telegram of condolence to Assad's son Bashar Saturday. 

"I was the last person to talk to him, on the telephone at midday," Lahoud said in his message, which was made public. 

"We discussed the general situation, the affairs and problems of the region, the problems of Syria and Lebanon and their victory in the resistance battle and the liberation of [southern Lebanon]" from Israeli occupation. 

"The last sentence he said to me was: 'Our destiny is to build for our children a reassuring future and our duty is to give them a better heritage than we had.'" 

"There was a sudden silence and the line was cut," Lahoud added. "I realized then that he had delivered his last message" -- BEIRUT (AFP). 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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