Russian, Syrian presidents hold talks in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday began a new round of talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad amid new Israeli threats to hold Syria responsible for future rocket attacks by Hizbullah.
Medvedev and Assad were also expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program, military cooperation and developing economic relations during Tuesday's talks.
The Russian president is on a two-day visit to Syria, the first visit by a Russian president in the history of relations between the two countries.
The trip is part of a flurry of diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions between Syria and Israel. Tensions have risen since Israel accused Syria of transferring Scud missiles to Hizbullah, a claim Damascus denies.