Syria Lashes Out at EU Sanctions

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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.