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Powell Heads for Tough Talks in Syria

Secretary of State Colin Powell headed on Friday for expected tough talks with Syria over its support for guerrilla groups and other policies Washington says do not fit in a changing Middle East. Powell will meet President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday to press Washington’s point that the ousting of Saddam Hussein and a possible resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks create a “new strategic dynamic” in the troubled region. “I will urge them to review these changes and take a look at some of their past policies and see if those policies seem to be relevant in the light of the new changed situation,” Powell told a news conference in Madrid on Thursday. Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara warned Powell in advance not to set demands, saying Syria wanted dialogue, not ultimatums, and that would be the basis of the talks. Full Story

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