Secretary of State Colin Powell asked Syria on Friday to help stem "terrorism" in the Middle East. Powell telephoned to Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa as he widened his appeal to Arab countries.
Spokesman Richard Boucher said Hamas and other groups had offices in Damascus. Powell on Thursday made similar appeals to the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
In all the conversations, including the one with the Syrian minister, Powell's message was "to stop the violence, to stop the violent groups," Boucher said, AP reported.
"I think it is clear what we want," Powell said Friday. "Hamas to stop it. Palestinian Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Brigades, all of them to stop it." "We have to get moving and bring the terror down," he said.
On the Israeli side, Powell said "we all are anxious to see restraint." But he said "we understand that it's important to get the terror down" and if that happens "the response to terror will no longer be required." (Albawaba.com)
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