Syria Disappointed by Arab Summit's Moderate Line against Israel
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Shara has expressed disappointment that the just-concluded Arab summit in Cairo did not take a stronger line against Israel.
"We were hoping for stronger decisions, notably concerning (Arab) relations with Israel," Shara was quoted as saying by the official SANA news agency.
"Syria is relatively satisfied with the final communiqué," from the summit, he added
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had called, at the start of the summit Saturday, for Arab nations to totally break off relations with Israel in a bid to persuade it to quit the whole of the occupied territories.
The Arab leaders on Sunday threw their financial and moral weight behind the Palestinian uprising and threatened to cut ties with Israel.
The summit was convened in response to Palestinian-Israeli clashes that have claimed more than 130 lives since they erupted on September 28 when Israel's hawkish opposition leader Ariel Sharon visited a disputed site holy to Muslims and Jews in annexed east Jerusalem.
The leaders called on all Arabs to "support the Intifada and support the Palestinian national struggle" by donating a day's wages.
But few concrete measures emanated from the Cairo meeting – DAMASCUS (AFP)
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