Sunday, June 13, 2004

Bush, Yawar talk about Syria, Iran

Bush, Yawar talk about Syria, Iran: "Bush, Yawar talk about Syria, Iran
Jordan Times, Friday, June 11, 2004
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (Reuters) US President George W. Bush and Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar on Wednesday discussed the need for Syria to control its borders and for Iran to behave responsibly, a senior Bush administration official said.
Bush and Yawar met for the first time since the Iraqi gained the presidency of an interim government that is to take over authority in Iraq from the US-led coalition on June 30.
The United States has been concerned that Syria has failed to prevent anti-coalition fighters from crossing into Iraq to do battle with US-led military forces. Washington recently imposed economic sanctions on Syria.
Yawar said the Iraqi leadership would do 'everything that they can to get the Syrians to be responsible on the border, to get the Syrians to return frozen assets' to Iraq, a senior Bush administration official said.
They also talked about Iran, with which Iraq fought a long war in the 1980s.
The official said Bush and Yawar 'talked some about Iran as a neighbor and the need for Iran to behave responsibly.'"

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