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Video: British talks with Syria in disarray after US military raid - Times Online

Britain and Syria cancelled a planned joint press conference of their foreign ministers in London today as the fall-out continued over an American military raid into Syrian territory that left eight civilians dead.

The attack threatens to overshadow what was a long-planned visit to London by Walid Muallem, the Syrian Foreign Minister, aimed at repairing the two countries' rocky relationship under the leadership of Tony Blair.

Damascus has been incensed by the attack, which Washington has yet to comment on. David Miliband had hoped to capitalise on Syria's desire for stronger ties with the West to persuade it towards a more active role in the search for Middle Eastern peace. But talks today will inevitably be dominated by Syrian protest over the American military action.

A statement from the Foreign Office said that British and Syrian officials "have agreed that it would not be appropriate to hold a formal press conference as planned." The Syrian Embassy, however, confirmed that Mr Muallem would go ahead with a solo briefing at which he was expected to denounce the incursion.

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by Fran on Mon Oct 27th, 2008 at 03:41:10 PM EST
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Well, that explains the attack.
by det on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 05:23:42 AM EST
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Referencing Fran's story from above...

France is one of our closest allies

and, it would seem, the only one the British should trust.

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by RogueTrooper on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 05:57:20 AM EST
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