Just two weeks before a crucial meeting between Syria and the US in Baghdad, Iraq’s Ambassador to the UN says Syria is doing everything it can to protect the border with Iraq.
It has been a frequent American accusation that Syria isn’t doing enough.
But Hamid Al Bayati praised Syria for stopping attackers crossing the border. He says other countries now need to do their bit to help: “[Syria] expected at the beginning for the Americans to give such [surveillance equipment including night vision cameras]. They said that the Americans didn’t give them such equipment, so they can’t guard the borders,” he said.
America accuses Syria, while Iraq praises Syria but says America needs to pull its weight. Sound familiar?
Refugees in Syria – UN praises Syria for taking one million Iraqi refugees…but asks America to pull its weight.
Hariri inquiry – UN praises Syria’s “full co-operation”…but says 10 countries have blocked the inquiry (thought to include America).
Peace with Israel – Israel says it wants to talk to Syria, Syria says it wants to talk to Israel…but America blocks peace talks.