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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrives at Elysee palace for a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on July 12, 2008 in Paris, on the eve of Paris summit of the mediterrannean countries. After years of being shunned by former French leader Jacques Chirac, Assad was welcomed in Paris by Sarkozy, making a comeback on the international stage. AFP PHOTO GERARD CERLES / AFP PHOTO / GERARD CERLES (Photo credit should read GERARD CERLES/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrives at Elysee palace for a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on July 12, 2008 in Paris, on the eve of Paris summit of the mediterrannean countries. After years of being shunned by former French leader Jacques Chirac, Assad was welcomed in Paris by Sarkozy, making a comeback on the international stage.   AFP PHOTO  GERARD CERLES / AFP PHOTO / GERARD CERLES        (Photo credit should read GERARD CERLES/AFP/Getty Images)