Syria condemns US military deals
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Tuesday condemned as "dangerous" the multi-billion-dollar US arms packages for its Arab allies. "He who wants to make peace does not start out with an arms initiative which is dangerous for the region," Muallem said in reference to the US administration.
His comments came as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defence Secretary Robert Gates started a regional tour in Egypt seeking to unite Arab allies.
Muallem made the comments after meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish minister also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss regional issues, including the situation in Lebanon, and bilateral ties.