Syria finally gets the EU deal
It's been on the cards for years. First it was held up because of
political wrangling in Europe but the head of the European Commission
says he expects a deal in a few months.
Javier Solana is in Damascus meeting the president.
The EU Association Agreement effectively puts Syria in the outer ring
of the EU. It is one step away from membership of the EU.
In 2010 all Association signatories will become part of a free trade
zone with Europe providing a massive boost for Syria's economy justas
the oil runs dry.
Most other EU neighbors have signed yw agreement. Syria is one of the last.
It follows Syria signing up to a high profile part of French president
Nicolas Sarkozy's Mediterranean Union earlier this year.