Damascus slams US sanctions

Syrian FM says Washington "lost its credibility."

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 5, 2010 13:41
Syrian President Bashar Assad

bashar assad 311. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Syria has criticized the US renewal of sanctions against Damascus, describing them as a disappointment.

Government-owned Al-Thawra newspaper warned on Wednesday that Washington's move keeps the region in a state of hostility.

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The White House said Damascus continues to support terrorists and pursues weapons of mass destruction.

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Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad slammed the sanctions and said they show Washington "has lost its credibility."

The newspaper — considered a government mouthpiece — says the move is "disappointing, but we were not surprised."

US-Syrian ties were improving, but tensions reemerged after Israel accused Syria of sending weapons to Lebanese Hezbollah militants. Syria denies the allegations.

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