A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the newly-appointed governor of Syria's province of Quneitra Maen Salah-Eddin Ali, after he was sworn in on July 18, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)
Syria has criticized the US for what it considers double-standards, with US plans to arm Syrian rebels coming at the same time as hopes for an international peace conference to provide a diplomatic solution to Syria's civil war.
A foreign ministry official said in a statement that "Washington's decision to arm the terrorist groups in Syria proves that the United States (wants to) exacerbate the crisis in Syria, and shows up its dishonesty in the search for a political solution at a (proposed peace) conference in Geneva".
"The whole world knows the truth of the U.S. intentions for Syria... which favour violence and terrorism, to serve Israel's aggressive goals".
The US "has not stopped arming the terrorists and giving them various forms of support for their criminal acts against (Syria's) infrastructure", the statement added.