US slams Syria diplomat for 'inflammatory' speech

2014-01-22 14:59
US Secretary of State John Kerry, talks to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon prior to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (File, AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry, talks to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon prior to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (File, AP)

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Montreux - The United States is criticising Syria's top diplomat for his "inflammatory" speech at an international peace conference aimed at ending the country's brutal conflict.

The State Department said on Wednesday that remarks from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem were not in keeping with the spirit or aims of the gathering, which is intended to begin the process of forming a transitional government.

Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that instead of laying out a "positive vision" for Syria's future, al-Moallem chose "inflammatory rhetoric".

In his speech, al-Moallem accused the West and neighbouring countries of funneling money, weapons and foreign fighters to the rebellion.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon also lamented that al-Moallem had used his speech to attack other participants at the conference.

- AP
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