Syria Lashes Out at EU Sanctions

    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus on June 22, 2011 where he rejected any foreign meddling in his country's internal affairs while stressing that Damascus was keen on maintaining good ties with longtime ally Turkey.

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    Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem lambasted the European Union for imposing new sanctions on Syrian companies, a move that he says amounts to “war” against the country. Speaking at a press conference in Damascus Wednesday, Muallem accused the EU of wanting to “plant strife and chaos in the country.” Muallem also urged Turkey, a country generally on good terms with Syria, to reconsider its position on President Bashar al-Assad’s speech Monday promising reforms and a national dialogue.

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