Clinton defends outreach to Syria despite Scud row


Arshad Mohammed
Reuters
Thursday, April 22, 2010

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The United States defended its policy of engagement with Syria on Thursday despite its concerns that Damascus might be trying to transfer Scud missiles to Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

Speaking in the Estonian capital ahead of a NATO meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dodged questions about whether Iran might have given Syria Scud technology ultimately destined for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a Shi’ite Islamist group.

Israeli President Shimon Peres has accused Syria of sending Scuds to Hezbollah. Syria denies the charge and says Israel may be using the accusation as a pretext for a military strike.

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