Syria has informed the United Nations it has ended its 29-year military presence in Lebanon.
In a letter to the world body, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara said Syria's troop withdrawal was completed on Tuesday and meets international demands set forth in a 2004 U.N. resolution.
A U.N. team is verifying the pullout, which began weeks after Lebanon's opposition blamed Beirut and its Syrian sponsors for the February 14th assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Despite denials from both governments, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut to demand a Syrian withdrawal. A number of foreign governments led by the United States and the European Union also called for an immediate Syrian pullout.
Meanwhile, Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati went to parliament today seeking a vote of confidence that will allow his government to begin preparations for May elections.