By Orla Guerin
BBC News, Damascus
Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gathered outside the parliament building in downtown Damascus to listen to the president's address on loudspeakers.
Some Syrians back Mr Assad's decision
Some waved the Syrian flag, while others held his picture aloft.
But the support seemed orchestrated.
While the president may have satisfied the crowds he probably will not have satisfied the international community, and certainly not the Americans.
On the defensive
Once inside the parliament building, the president was greeted by a standing ovation.
But when he began to speak, he looked cornered, and at times sounded defensive.
He said that Syria would withdraw its forces to the Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon, and then to the border between Syria and Lebanon.
He spoke for about an hour, but the most important thing was what he did not say.
He did not provide a timetable for a complete withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon - 14,000 soldiers and intelligence agents.
And that was what many in the international community were waiting for.
The president may soon find that the pressure on this issue just will not go away.