Ahmadinejad warns Syria not to side with the US

"We must always be prepared to thwart the plans of the US in this region," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Thursday. According to the Iranian Student's News Agency (ISNA), Ahmadinejad said that "the Americans are at the height of devastation" and that "anyone who follows them will also go the same way." A message issued by the Iranian president's office said that in his meeting with Moallem, Ahmadinejad called on Middle East countries to "raise their alert in the face of the enemies' plots and make plans to foil them." The Iranian president's asserted that the US government was embarking on numerous operations in the region due to its internal issues, the "dead end" its policy toward Iran and Syria has reached and the upcoming US presidential elections. Moallem mentioned the "sensitive situation" the Palestinians were in, saying that "despite the blockade on Gaza and the continuing Israeli aggression, Gazans have succeeded in continuing the resistance under the leadership of Hamas and conducting their affairs." Therefore," he continued, "the peoples' movement of Hamas has strengthened." The Syrian foreign minister accused the US of making baseless accusations in order to create internal conflicts and the divide the nations in the Middle East.