U.S. says Syrian missiles supply to Hezbollah endangers regional stability (2)

09:08, April 22, 2010      

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The Bush administration froze diplomatic relations with Syria by recalling its ambassador following the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Washington blamed it on Syria while Damascus denied the accusation.

The Obama administration, since it took office in January 2009, has been encouraging Syria to play a positive role in the Middle East affairs ranging from Iran's nuclear stalemate, Lebanon's stability, Iraq's security to the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The administration has decided to send an ambassador to Damascus in order to "sharpen the choice for Syria."

"The United States will continue to strive to bring Israeli- Arab peace closer to hand, and we will continue to contribute to the strength of sovereign Lebanese government institutions, so that Syria can discern a clear choice -- one path leading toward participation in a Middle East of greater openness, prosperity, and peace, and another leading to continued stagnation and instability," said Feltman.

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