Talk to Syria

Although we do not expect George W. to listen to this sound advice. There is far too much arrogance and contempt in the man for that.

Iraq’s Talabani calls for Syria-U.S. talks
21 Jan 2007 20:50:35 GMT
Source: Reuters

DUBAI, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in remarks aired on Sunday he will push for dialogue between the United States and neighbouring Syria, which he said was helping Baghdad clamp down on terrorism.

Talabani, who paid a landmark visit to Syria earlier this month, said he had not received any request to mediate between Damascus and Washington from either nation.

But, “I personally will seek to give a true picture about Syria’s intentions and policy to the U.S. administration and I will seek to encourage our American friends to have a dialogue with Syria,” he told Al Arabiya television.

Syria’s U.S. ties went frosty when President Bashar al-Assad voiced opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003.

Iraqi and U.S. officials have often accused Syria of not doing enough to stop the flow of militants crossing its Iraqi borders to fight U.S.-led troops. Damascus repeatedly said it was doing all it can to control the long desert border.

“Syria wants … stability in Iraq and is backing us in fighting terrorism. There is no justification for a stern (U.S.) stance on Syria,” said Talabani, who lived in Syria in exile in the 1970s.

“It would be more appropriate for the United States to have a dialogue with Syria,” Talabani said when asked what would be his advice to U.S. President George W. Bush, who had rejected direct talks with Syria and Iran, ignoring a recommendation by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

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