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Office of the Spokesman
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June 9, 2008
Question Taken at June 9, 2008 Daily Press Briefing

France - Envoys to Syria (Taken Question)

Question: What is our reaction to President Sarkozy’s decision to send two envoys to Damascus?

Answer: France and the United States share the same wish for peace and stability in the region. France is a valued ally that plays a key role in the UN, in the EU, in the Mideast generally, at NATO, and globally. We both want to see a Lebanon that is peaceful, prosperous and free of foreign interference. We look forward to continuing discussions with France on how to best support the Lebanese people to achieve their goals for a better future.

At the same time, the United States has serious concerns over the Syrian government’s behavior including its support of terrorism, clandestine nuclear program, facilitation of the passage of foreign fighters into Iraq, repression of its own people, and interference in the affairs of its neighbors, including Lebanon.

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Released on June 9, 2008

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