Britain’s Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has opened up the chance for dialogue between Britain and Syria.
She told MPs she was encouraging the government of President Bashar Al Assad to help secure the Iraqi government: “We for our part, do continue a dialogue that we have with the Syrian government to encourage them to better relationship with the government and the people of Iraq “
But she hinted that she is being held back by the US: “There is really no need for me to persuade the United States.
The United States, in common with ourselves, would like nothing better than to feel that there is a possibility of constructive discussion and negotiation with Syria over a number of these issues – not least in the context of their relationship with Hamas.
Although we look constantly for signs that this is the approach it is not as evident as we would like to see.
We continue to look for further signs of Syrian willingness to act more constructively in the region and continue, therefore to keep under consideration whether or not there is merit in further contact in the coming months and so too does the European Union.”