Takieddine reports on the results of Sarkozy’s visit to Syria

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During President Nicolas Sarkozy’s September 2008 visit to Syria, a number of local energy extraction deals were signed between the two countries, and a framework of agreement for oil exploration and production projects was established, with oil group Total at its heart. On September 6th 2008, two days after Sarkozy’s visit, Ziad Takieddine drew up a report summarising the discussions held in Damascus and the reactions of Syrian dicator Bashar al-Assad. "President Assad is very satisfied to have been able to establish a personal relationship with President Sarkozy," he noted. "President Assad thanks France for its decisive role regarding Syria’s position in the international ‘concert’ [...] President Assad noted well that, in a general manner, the French press, for the first time, adopted a globally very positive tone concerning Syria, its President and the visit to Damascus by President Sarkozy."

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