“Nothing is off the table. All the options will be considered.” That’s the White House’s Chief of Staff, Josh Bolten, a close aide to President Bush.
It comes as James Baker (a close friend of the Bush family, and the man he sent to Iraq to find a way out of the mess) prepares to tell Bush to talk to Syria. This week UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will tell Bush to open talks with Syria – his top diplomat has just returned from Damascus, where he visited Bashar to find out whether he was serious about peace – Blair’s actions suggest he got an answer.
It also comes as the European Parliament recommends the EU ratify the EU-Syria Association Agrrement, a vital tool to open up trade between the two areas – it would create a free trade area, and would really help Syria liberalise its economy.
The past few weeks have seen a flurry of flights into Damascus carrying European Foreign Ministers.
Welcome back Syria.