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02-16-2005, 12:50 PM
Iran and Syria say to build 'common front'
At odds with U.S., nations agree to 'confront threats' together


Updated: 10:57 a.m. ET Feb. 16, 2005 TEHRAN, Iran - Iran and Syria, both locked in rows with the United States, said on Wednesday they would form a common front to face challenges and threats.

“We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats,” Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said in Tehran after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari.

Otari told reporters, “This meeting, which takes place at this sensitive time, is important, especially because Syria and Iran face several challenges and it is necessary to build a common front.”

Syria’s ambassador to the United States, asked by CNN what the common front with Iran entailed, stressed that it was not an anti-American alliance and said Syria was trying to improve its relations with Washington.

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“Today we do not want to form a front against anybody, particularly not against the United States,” Imad Moustapha said.

“Syria is trying to engage constructively with the United States ... We are not the enemies of the United States, and we do not want to be drawn into such an enmity,” he added.

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Washington recalled its ambassador to Syria for urgent consultations on Tuesday to show its deep displeasure with Damascus after Monday’s killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

U.S. officials said they were considering imposing new sanctions on Syria because of its refusal to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Lebanon and the U.S. belief that Syria lets Palestinian militants and Iraqi insurgents operate on its soil.

While acknowledging they do not know who was to blame for Hariri’s car bomb assassination, U.S. officials argued Syria’s military presence and its political power-broking role were generally responsible for Lebanon’s instability.

Syria rejects accusations it supports terrorism.

Moustapha said Damascus regarded its military presence in Lebanon as a “stabilizing factor” and said “we would be happy to withdraw the troops” if the Lebanese government asked Syria to do so.

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11-05-2005, 08:21 PM
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11-06-2005, 09:08 PM
Iran vows to support Syria against U.S. threats


Sat. 5 Nov 2005

Tehran, Iran, Nov. 05 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed on Friday to support Syria against hostile threats.

Holding a telephone conversation with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Ahmadinejad said that the two states had to come together in the face of the “common enemy”, a reference to the United States.

Ahmadinejad promised the Syrian leader aid and support against “foreign threats”, the state-run news agency ILNA reported.

He also called for further dialogue among Muslim states.

Al-Assad said that despite international pressure Damascus would not abandon its “rights”.

Both leaders called for further strengthening of bilateral relations.