US says Syria must curb arm shipments to Hizbullah

May 20, 2010 19:57

AMMAN, Jordan - A top US diplomat on Thursday urged Syria to do more to prevent arms shipments to Hizbullah and stem the flow of terrorists into Iraq.

Assistant US Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman said while relations remain uneasy, Syria was important to achieving a full Arab-Israeli settlement.

He told reporters that Washington wants to influence Damascus because of its ties to Iran and other US foes in the region.

Feltman said that because Syria has the ear of Hizbullah, Iran and Hamas, the Obama administration felt it must make its own views known to Damascus to ensure peace and security in the region.

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