Syria-US.--Mitchell's Aide, US Military Team Wrap Up Visit to Damascus
--Visit Boosts Syrian-US Ties
--Washington Plays Down Disagreement with Baghdad over Talks
A US military delegation spearheaded by Frederick Hoff, an aide to US special Middle East envoy envoy: see diplomatic service.
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Thursday Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem "to follow up on Mitchell's proposals from a past visit." No Syrian statement was issued after the talks, but the US source added that the Hoff-Muallem meeting was "in line with US efforts to achieve permanent, comprehensive peace in the region." The Syrian state-run news agency SANA quoted Muallem as confirming to the US envoys Syria's commitment "to achieving fair, comprehensive peace in the region."
Hoff participated on Wednesday in security and military talks between a US Central Command team with Syrian officers. Discussions concentrated on Iraqi security and US-Syrian cooperation in that regard, and what Damascus could do to reinforce stability in the war-torn country. Washington continues to accuse ac·cuse
v. ac·cused, ac·cus·ing, ac·cus·es
1. To charge with a shortcoming or error.
2. To charge formally with a wrongdoing.
v.intr. Syria of not doing enough to stop foreign insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. from infiltrating infiltrating adjective Referring to a tumor that penetrates the normal, surrounding tissue Iraq via the Syria-Iraq border, concurring con·cur
intr.v. con·curred, con·cur·ring, con·curs
1. To be of the same opinion; agree: concurred on the issue of preventing crime. See Synonyms at assent.
2. that Damascus took measures to address that issue in recent months. It was the second visit by a US military team to the Syrian capital since June, in another sign of thawing relations between Washington and Damascus.
Mitchell visited Damascus at the end of July to renew US commitment to achieving comprehensive peace and developing Syrian-US ties. US-Syrian relations have greatly improved since the advent of US President Barack Obama in January. Obama eased some sanctions Sanctions is the plural of sanction. Depending on context, a sanction can be either a punishment or a permission. The word is a contronym.
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aortic hiatus the opening in the diaphragm through which the aorta and thoracic duct pass. . In a related development, AL HAYAT quoted the Syrian daily Al Thawra as saying a US investment group is touted to invest $40 million in projects in Syria.
The visit of the US military team to the Syrian capital to discuss Iraq's security has irked Baghdad, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. media reports on Thursday. "[Iraq's] security is an internal Iraqi affair, and the Iraqi government is the one which will hold talks with Syria on that issue next week," Iraq's government spokesman Ali Dabbagh was quoted as saying. "It is not the duty of the US delegation to negotiate on behalf of Iraq," he added, according to the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT Thursday. Dabbagh said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will head to Damascus next week to take up that matter with the Syrians. Against this backdrop, Washington tried to stress on Thursday that the US-Syrian talks focused on bilateral relations, dodging questions about the Iraqi government's discontent with the talks.
"I believe there is only a difference in description" of the discussions between Washington and Baghdad, said US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, as quoted by ASHARQ AL AWSAT Friday. The US team held discussions "with the Syrians in line with our continuous talks, which have bilateral and regional importance," Crowley added. He said the talks would certainly touch on Iraq's security. "It is clear that one of the issues to discuss with Syria is its efforts to monitor the Syrian border [with Iraq]. For years, we have been concerned about [insurgents'] infiltration infiltration /in·fil·tra·tion/ (in?fil-tra´shun)
1. the pathological diffusion or accumulation in a tissue or cells of substances not normal to it or in amounts in excess of the normal.
2. infiltrate (2). of Iraq via Syria," Crowley explained. Part of the US strategy to help Iraq "is ensuring a bigger regional cooperation to do everything possible to support the Iraqi government," Crowley went on to say.