Syrian FM encouraged by Obama words
Syria's foreign minister on Tuesday hailed President Barack Obama's outreach to the Arab and Islamic world, mainly the American leader's promise to push for a Palestinian state.
While in Turkey, Obama on Monday said the U.S. is not "at war with Islam." He also said he will "actively pursue" the creation of a Palestinian state.
In an interview published Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem conveyed Obama's words were "important" and "positive." He also said that Washington should pressure Israel's new government. Speaking to the Beirut-based As-Safir daily that Arabs must see "how the United States will deal with an Israeli government representing the extreme right."