Syrian diplomat in Washington summoned over Scud transfer reports
The senior Syrian diplomat in Washington was summoned to the State Department on early Tuesday to review "provocative behavior" regarding a potential transfer of Scud missiles to Lebanon's Hizbullah, a State Department spokesman said. "The most senior Syrian diplomat present in Washington today, Deputy Chief of Mission Zouheir Jabbour, was summoned to the Department of State to review Syria's provocative behavior concerning the potential transfer of arms to Hizbullah," department deputy spokesman Gordon Duguid said in a statement.
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the transfer of any arms, and especially ballistic missile systems such as the Scud, from Syria to Hizbullah," Duguid said in a statement.
"We call for an immediate cessation of any arms transfers to Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations in the region," the statement said.
The United States has not confirmed whether it has actual information on an arms transfer. However, a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "We wouldn't have called them in if we didn't think something was going on."