President Michel Aoun meets minister Raed Khoury. Dalati Nohra
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Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said Friday. Raed Khoury said it was vital Lebanese exporters be able to send their produce overland through Syria to the Nassib crossing with Jordan and onwards to the wider region again, calling it "a vital artery" for the Lebanese economy that had been closed because of the war.Syrian President Bashar Assad's Lebanese allies want the state to normalize ties, while his Lebanese adversaries say relations should be kept to the bare minimum.
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