So much for bowing, scraping and kissing Ass to world leaders. Syria President Bashar Assad slams President Obama on Monday to Italian Newspaper La Reppublica. From Haaretz:
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the United States has lost its influence in the Middle East due to its failure to contribute to regional peace, in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
U.S. President Barack Obama “raised hopes” in the region, said Assad, but has failed to accomplish any significant peace maneuvers.
The Syrian Dictator remarks come when President Obama meets with the Lebanese Prime Minister:
Assad’s comments came just before Obama was to meet with Lebanon Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri to raise Washington’s concerns about Syria arming Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.
Over the weekend Assad meet with the French about Israel:
The Syrian leader met on Sunday with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner in Damascus earlier Sunday and urged the West to “break its silence” in the face of Israeli “aggression” in the Middle East.
During their talks, Assad denounced “the ongoing Israeli threats to ignite wars and undermine the stability in the region.”
“The region has changed and the West’s policy in the area is no longer acceptable, keeping silent over Israeli violations is no longer acceptable,” Assad told Kouchner, according to Syria’s official news agency SANA.
“If the West wants security and stability to be established in the Middle East, [it] must start to play an effective role to contain Israel and put an end to its extremist policies,” Assad said.
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