Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that his visit to Syria in 2009 was the most difficult thing he has ever had to do in his life, adding that he had personally suffered from this.
"Shaking hands with Bachar Assad was one of the hardest moments that I experienced in my life. It is hard for a person to shake hands with the killer of his father," Hariri said in an interview with Annahar newspaper.
"Everything I did was for the sake of Lebanon's welfare," he added, saying that his visit to Damascus was the result of Arab and international pressure to turn a new page with Syria.
Hariri stressed that he doesn't regret this visit, noting that it had paved the way for the estbalishment of real diplomatic ties between the two countries and the appointment of ambassadors for the first time.
Asked whether he would shake hands with Assad ever again, Hariri interjected: "No Way!"