Monday, July 05, 2004

Daily Times - REGION: Iran, Syria united against America

Daily Times - Site Edition: "REGION: Iran, Syria united against America
Assad and Khatami calls for departure of US troops from Iraq

TEHRAN: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday ended a two-day surprise visit to Iran, after the two sides gave a show of unity against the presence of US troops in their common neighbour Iraq.

Assad, on his third visit to the Islamic republic, had met with a string of top regime officials here including supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

After meeting with President Mohammad Khatami, the two called for the rapid departure of foreign troops from Iraq.

�This crisis was predictable, and its source was the aggression and occupation of Iraq by the United States,� Khatami said"

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