French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed Wednesday to pursue improved relations with Syria, speaking during a visit that ended more than three years of Western isolation of the country.By the way, which principles are they that will not be compromised?
"This is how we're going to rebuild our new relations with Syria, by trying to understand each other, by not compromising our principles and by reestablishing trust," Sarkozy said at a joint news conference after talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The chief executive of French oil major Total said on Thursday that Total would sign deals for an oil block extension in Syria and for a gas development deal in the country.Mahdi Dakhlalla, a former Syrian information minister, had it right:
Christophe de Margerie added that Total would sign a separate deal to strengthen its activities in Syria.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is currently on a state visit to Syria.
There were times when "people were betting the regime was living its last days," he said. "Now, the regime has proved how strong it is. It is the French who changed their policy, and not Syria."Well, almost right.
It was their principles that they changed, Mahdi, not their policy.