'Syrian president to attend Med meeting in Paris': France

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed Monday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has responded positively to an invitation to attend a French-hosted meeting of Mediterranean leaders in Paris on July 13,

'Syrian president to attend Med meeting in Paris': France
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed Monday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has responded positively to an invitation to attend a French-hosted meeting of Mediterranean leaders in Paris on July 13, KUNA reported.

Speaking on "RTL" radio, Kouchner affirmed that Assad told French President Nicolas Sarkozy of his intention to accept his invitation during a telephone conversation they held 10 days ago.

Relations between France and Syria have improved somewhat since the Doha agreement that led to the election of President Michel Sleiman in Lebanon and what is viewed here has a positive contribution of Damascus in that process.

There has even been speculation that Sarkozy might consider a visit to Syria in the coming weeks, but this has not been officially confirmed, although senior advisors to the French leader are believed to be close to deciding a trip to Syria.

Concerning Assads participation at the summit of the Union for the Mediterranean, a project chaperoned and conceived by Sarkozy, Kouchner said: "We will see. President Assad said that he would be there." Kouchner also pointed out that while there was broad support for the French-sponsored project, "there are still differences" between potential members of the Union.


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