Takieddine’s appraisal of ‘France-Syria relations after the election of the President of Lebanon’

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In a non-dated report which followed the election of Michel Suleiman as president of Lebanon in May 2008, Ziad Takieddine detailed Syria’s diplomatic aims. “Syria would like France, after a long absence, to enter the region through the front door," he wrote. "The confidence of President Assad is total", Takieddine continued, "given the quality, the dynamism and the will of President Sarkozy to assume this role for France. He will find in Syria an effective partner playing its role as a very important actor in the region."

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