Sarkozy-Syria Trip


France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy today begins a trip to Syria aimed at shoring up relations between Paris and its former colony.

The BBC profiles the trip and says bilateral relations have slumped since the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which some analysts accused Syria of masterminding.

The Middle East Times argues that Nicolas Sarkozy appears to be working to bolster his influence in the region to fill a diplomatic void created by the United States’ policy of seeking to isolate Syria.

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