Syrian Foreign Minister Waleed Moallem is expected in the French capital in early July for preparatory talks on the Union for the Mediterranean Summit to be held here July 13, diplomatic sources indicated, KUNA reported.
It would be the first visit here by a senior member of the Syrian government for a number of years and it is a sign that relations between France and Syria are on the road to reconciliation.
Sources also confirmed that Claude Gueant, a senior aide to President Nicolas Sarkozy, was imminently heading to Damascus for talks and there has been speculation about a visit by Sarkozy to Damascus, although this was not officially confirmed here.
What has been confirmed is that President Bashar Al-Assad has agreed to attend the July 13 summit and Sarkozy and the Syrian leader spoke on the phone last week to discuss bilateral and regional issues.
France and Syria have been at odds for a number of years because of the situation in Lebanon and failure to see eye-to-eye on how to end the political impasse there and implement reforms.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 11:27