US urges Syria to pullout forces from Lebanon
A senior U.S. official urged Damascus on Saturday to pullout its forces from Lebanon and stop interfering in domestic Lebanese affairs.
William J. Burns, the U.S. assistant secretary of State for the Near East, added Syria must take "concrete action" in cooperating with the U.S.-led war on terrorism by halting support for Palestinian factions based in Damascus.
"We underscored our deep concern over Syrian intervention in the Lebanese political process and reiterated that, in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559, Syria must end its interference in Lebanese internal affairs, withdraw its forces from Lebanon and allow the Lebanese armed forces and government to establish their authority throughout Lebanon," Burns told the press following his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, according to The AP. (Albawaba.com)
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