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Aoun for President: Assad

In this file photo Assad, right, greets Aoun at the presidential palace in Damascus in 2008.

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad announced to Al-Akhbar newspaper that he supports the election of MP Michel Aoun as Lebanese president, stressing his adherence to Hezbollah’s vision in Lebanon.

“We do not interfere in any Arab country’s affairs,” he said, “but we support the election of Aoun as president; first for Lebanon’s interest and second for the sake of the brotherhood relationship [between the two countries].”

“What we know about him is that he is a patriotic, non-sectarian believer in resistance and Arabism,” he added in an interview with Sami Kleib from Al-Akhbar, published Wednesday.

One of the factors that enhanced Assad’s perception of Aoun, the article said, was the latter’s visit to pay condolences over the death of the Syrian President’s brother.

In this visit, Aoun shook hands with the commander of the Syrian forces that he had fought during his revolt against the Syrian Army in the civil war. This act, according to Assad, demonstrated that Aoun is an “honest and honorable man.”

Assad expressed his good relationship with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah saying: “Sayyed Nasrallah never expressed anything but sympathy and support [to us], something Syria and the Syrian people will never forget.”

“We agree to whatever the Sayyed decides in Lebanon,” he announced.

Separately, Assad said in the interview that his third term will be based on dialogue and progress, announcing that he has already formed plans to reconstruct Syria on all levels.

The Syrian president was re-elected for a third term last week, winning approximately 88 percent of the votes.

 

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