During his talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat praised the Syrian leader's stances towards Lebanon and his keenness on its stability, the state-run Syrian news agency, SANA, reported Wednesday.
"MP Jumblat praised the stances of President Assad towards Lebanon and his keenness on its security and stability" and lauded "the efforts that he made to improve cooperation ties between the two countries," SANA said.
The two men discussed historic ties and the importance of consolidating Syrian-Lebanese relations to confront joint challenges, the statement said. Assad and Jumblat also stressed the importance of the resistance as a guarantee against Israeli plans in the region, it added.
Earlier this month, Jumblat, once a virulent critic of Damascus, called on Assad to turn the page on the past, admitting that he had in a moment of anger said inappropriate things.