British Prime Minister Tony Blair has spoken for the first time about Iran’s release of the 15 sailors and marines. He has thanked “friends and allies in the region”.
The only country in the region that helped was Syria (Turkey offered but it didn’t happen). The BBC is interpreting that this was a coded way for Blair to thank Syria. And it also says something very big: Syria now seems to be considered a “friend” of Britain.
It comes as Nancy Pelosi, the third most senior politician in the US, continues her holiday in Syria. She spent the night in Damascus, walking through the Old City talking to shopkeepers and visiting the Ummayid Mosque.
Not since Bashar visited Blair in London in December 2002 have relations been so good.