ARAB-IRANIAN RELATIONS - June 14 - Restraint In Syria Urged.FM Kharrazi urges restraint in Syria Syria (sēr`ēə), officially Syrian Arab Republic, republic (2005 est. pop. 18,449,000), 71,467 sq mi (185,100 sq km), W Asia. It borders on Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea in the west, on Turkey in the northwest and north, on Iraq in the , saying the situation could become dangerous if anyone rocked the boat. (Syria, Iran's closest Arab ally, faces daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin challenges after the sudden death of Pres. Hafez Al Assad and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from S. Lebanon.) Kharrazi tells reporters at a news conference in Berne: "I am sure you will agree with me that it is a volatile region and a very sensitive one, and any provocation Conduct by which one induces another to do a particular deed; the act of inducing rage, anger, or resentment in another person that may cause that person to engage in an illegal act. can lead to a dangerous situation in Syria". He says he has held talks with Assad's son and heir-apparent Bashar, who he says enjoyed the support of various parties within Syria. Analysts question whether Bashar, an eye doctor, could take his father's place. While parliament has changed the Syrian constitution to allow Bashar to rule, Hafez Al Assad's exiled ex·ile
a. Enforced removal from one's native country.
b. Self-imposed absence from one's country.
2. The condition or a period of living away from one's native country.
3. brother Rifaat has denounced the nomination of Bashar as Syria's next leader and vowed to mount a challenge himself.