Syrian vote in Lebanon gives Assad strategic power in region


Newscast Media DAMASCUS—The flood of the Syrian voters in Beirut has surprised
the international community, prompting some analysts to conclude that the Syrian
refugees in Lebanon and Jordan have granted the Syrian government a strategic
power, al-Binaa Lebanese newspaper reported.

Some US analysts believe Syria has established an army of refugees in Lebanon and
Jordan, and that loss of control over certain areas did not deprive the Syrian
government from its strategic role in the region. Furthermore, the Syrian refugees in
Lebanon and Jordan have given Syria more influence over more areas, an
achievement that was previously impossible for Assad.

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman
briefed the Saudis about the necessity to reach a political solution in Syria as soon as
possible, because of the strategic achievements which the Syrian government is