Two Frenchmen freed by Shia Muslim kidnapers after months of captivity in Lebanon were welcomed home Tuesday by Premier Jacques Chirac as his government thanked Syria for helping arrange the release.
The praise for Syria was echoed by one of the hostages. Coudari told a radio reporter, "I can tell you that the collaboration that now exists between the government of Chirac and Syria is absolutely fantastic."
[Farouk Shareh], clearly stung by what Syria says is a campaign by Britain, the United States and Israel to depict that country as a sponsor of terrorism, said at the Damascus ceremony: "The Syrian government wants good relations with all countries. But countries who show hostility to Syria should expect the same hostility from Syria."