President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac have called for a Lebanon "free from foreign domination" - amid growing pressure on Syria to pulls its troops from the country.
The two leaders issued the joint statement today, Monday during a working dinner at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. The meeting is widely seen as an effort to improve relations following France's strong opposition to the Iraq war.
As the French and American presidents met, several thousand noisy protesters rallied outside the embassy, voicing opposition to Bush administration policies.
President Bush is on a three-nation tour of Europe this week to try and bolster transatlantic ties strained by the conflict in Iraq.
In a major speech earlier today, Mr. Bush called on European allies to help support democracy throughout the world--particularly in the Middle East.
He also said Iran must not develop nuclear weapons.
President Bush also urged Russia to renew a commitment to democracy. Mr. Bush meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Slovakia Thursday.