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LEBANON - Jan. 8 - Syria 'Welcomes' Jumblatt.

Druze leader Walid Jumblatt says he has received a telephone call from Ghazi Canaan, head of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon, informing him that a 2-month ban on his entering of Syria has ended. (The decision reflects an unusual swift reversal by Syria, which declared Jumblatt persona non-grata in November after he questioned in parliament the need for stationing 35,000 Syrian troops in Lebanon. A pro-Syrian deputy in the Beirut parliament responded by indirectly threatening to kill him and Syria subsequently banned him from entering its territory. The Druze leader, whose fierce mountain people played a big role in Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, had kept a low profile since then. Syria has managed Lebanese politics since it ended the civil war in 1990 by defeating Christian forces).
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Title Annotation:Walid Jumblatt
Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:Jan 13, 2001
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