US denies Syrian Brunch
Monday, February 21, 2005
(SNN) Syrian Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Walid Moalem asserted his country’s ambassador to the US would not be recalled despite being refused admission to a champagne brunch at the White House to which he had previously been invited.
We will not recall our ambassador to the US
Moalem’s comments appeared in a Cairo newspaper just four days following the US State Department’s recall of the Ambassador to Syria, Margaret Scobey. “We will not recall our ambassador to the US because I believe its diplomat will brief North American authorities on the principles Syria defends”, noted Moalem.
The Foreign Affairs assistant stated that the brunch was very important to the Ambassador as bacon is extremely difficult to find at Syrian functions following the triumph of the Islamic Revolution led by Ruhollah Khomeiny. Moalem went on to say that the Ambassador was very fond of the muffins made by the Whitehouse pastry chef.
bacon is extremely difficult to find at Syrian functions following the Islamic Revolution
Thursday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asserted the White House could use the force against Syria. “We seek to diplomatically resolve the dispute with Damascus but we do not rule out the use of the force,” Rice stated.
President George W Bush said the invitation to brunch was cancelled as a result of Syria acting in disagreement with the Middle East situation.