Damascus says Lebanon, Syria face same militant threat

October 15, 2008

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem told Lebanon’s as-Safir newspaper that the uncovering of “terrorist cells” in both countries had shown that “the source of danger to both countries is one.”  >>>>>


Source: Lebanese army likely to strike N Palestinian camp

October 4, 2008

BEIRUT, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) — A Lebanese security source said the Lebanese army would likely launch a “massive operation” against the Palestinian refugee camp Baddawi located in northern Lebanon if security concerns were justified, local Naharnet reported Saturday.

“The Lebanese army would likely carry out a massive operation against Baddawi, if investigations prove that those responsible for the recent bombing attack against the Lebanese army had took refuge in the camp,” the security source was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity. >>>>>

Syria says nuclear cooperation not at security expense

October 3, 2008

“We would like to underline that my government is cooperating with the (IAEA) in full transparency and we will follow suit all along the way,” the head of Syria’s Atomic Energy Commission, Ibrahim Othman told the IAEA’s general conference here.

“However, this cooperation will not be in any way at the expense of disclosing our military sites or causing a threat to our national security,” Othman said. >>>>>

Asad: “Peace with Israel will not affect relations with Iran”

October 1, 2008

Syrian President, Bashar Asad, stated on Tuesday that an Israeli-Syrian peace deal will not have any impact on the relations between Syria and Tehran and will not affect the relations between Syria and any other Arab country.  >>>>>

Olmert: We Must Leave Most of West Bank

October 1, 2008

Israel will have to give up virtually all of the West Bank and east Jerusalem if it wants peace with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a farewell interview published Monday, saying Israel faced a stark choice and needed to make a decision soon.

Olmert also said Israel would have to leave the Golan Heights in order to obtain peace with Syria. >>>>>

Syria urges security cooperation on Lebanon border

October 1, 2008

Damascus has recently warned of growing Islamist militancy in north Lebanon. The Syrian authorities have said a vehicle used in a suicide attack in Damascus on Saturday had crossed into the country from a neighbouring Arab state. They have not named the country. Along with Lebanon, Syria’s Arab neighbours are Iraq and Jordan.  >>>>>

‘Syrian FM held meeting on Friday with Condoleezza Rice’

September 30, 2008

In what may be a sign that the hardline American position towards Syria is softening, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem met with US Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice on Friday, and with Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch on Monday to discuss various issues concerning the region, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. >>>>>