Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday accused Washington of a "slander campaign" after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Damascus over supplying Hizbullah with Scud missiles. "The entire world recognises the constructive role played by Syria in preserving the security and stability of the region, and the public remembers the American slander campaign launched before the war in Iraq," Muallem said, according to state news agency SANA.
"It seems the US administration is now trying to play the same game."
On Thursday, Clinton warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the risk of sparking a regional war if he supplies long-range Scud missiles to the Shiite militia group.
Muallem dismissed the accusations and warned Washington against taking Israel's claims seriously. "What destabilises the region is the United Sates supplying significant quantities of sophisticated weaponry to Israel and the fact that Washington adheres to the unjust allegations made by the Israeli government against Syria."