Lebanon’s Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a reconciliatory visit to Syria.
On Wednesday, the former rivals held talks on the significance of resistance against Israel, emphasizing the role of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement in the fight against Tel Aviv.
After the 2005 killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, Jumblatt adopted an anti-Syrian stance, holding Assad as responsible for the assassination.
In 2007, Jumblatt told a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters that Assad was a “snake” and a “tyrant” and called for revenge against him.
However, he later stated that good ties with Syria were crucial to prevent Lebanon from descending into chaos and preserving the Druze minority.