Thursday, May 3, 2007

Change in the Middle East?

The United States cautiously opened a previously locked door on talks with Syria and Iran yesterday, two pariah states that it blames for fomenting terrorism in the Middle East.

At an international conference on Iraq, Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, had a 30-minute meeting with her Syrian counterpart – the first such talks at this level in more than two years – and then “exchanged pleasantries” with Iran’s Foreign Minister.

I have been to Syria twice in the last two years, and I firmly believe that Syria is one of the keys of Middle East Peace. Jordan is a nomad's country, Lebanon is a trader's country, Israel is a high tech country. Syria is the only country in the region with a healthy small and medium entreprise infrastructure - with a lot of entrepreneurs embracing political reality. A peace treaty between Israeal and Syria would be essential for change in the region. Let's hope!

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