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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 

Syrian troops to withdraw from Lebanon

Ignore Bush, it was Amr Moussa (the Arab League's Secretary General) doing the interesting talking today (below right).

After a meeting with Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad (above left), he announced that Bashar "stressed more than once in (our) talks his firm intention to plan a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon".

So that's it. All sealed.

He said the pullout is to happen 'soon'.

Syria is widely expected to remove all 14,000 troops from its neighbour before May's Lebanese General Election.

Otherwise, it's feared that the election will turn into a referendum on the Syrian presence.

The Taif Agreement which ended 15 years of bloody Civil War in Lebanon called on Syrian troops to move to the border and eventually agree a withdrawal plan.

I hope you are well!

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