20 May '11, 9am

'Nothing new': Syria says of Obama speech - AsiaOne: Reuters'Nothing new': Syria says of Obama speechAsiaOneDAMA...

'Nothing new': Syria says of Obama speech - AsiaOne: Reuters'Nothing new': Syria says of Obama speechAsiaOneDAMA...

DAMASCUS, Syria - A keynote speech by President Barack Obama on US Middle East policy offered nothing new but simply reaffirmed Washington's staunch support for Israel, Syria's official SANA news agency said on Friday. "The US president's speech on the Middle East had nothing new as far as his country's policies on the peace process, the situation in Iraq or security or regional stability are concerned," the news agency said. It added that Obama's speech, carried live on Syrian television, "reaffirmed the deep-rooted and unwavering support for Israel's security." The government newspaper Al-Thawra criticised Obama saying: "He speaks under the banner of democracy without knowing the meaning of the word." It accused the US president of "arrogance" in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to embrace democracy or step down. "He (Obama) didn't forget his arrogance in tel...

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