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First Guest Article: Fabian Hamilton MP talks to us about his 'Reflections on Syria'

 

It always seemed rather surreal when, in 2003, the newly installed President of Syria – Bashar al-Assad – told members of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee that he would have to address us formally in Arabic, because he was the Leader of a great Arab Nation. He spoke perfect English, so of course insisted upon correcting his interpreter’s translation – her English being inferior to his.

We were in Damascus to find out what role Syria was playing in the tortuous road to a lasting and comprehensive settlement of the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Bashar invited us to his modern and very impressive palace on a hillside overlooking the capital city. We’d been met on the tarmac at the airport by an extraordinary array of officials with a fleet of armoured Mercedes limousines to ferry us, non-stop, and with motorcycle outriders, to the hotel in central Damascus.

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