The U.S. used to be the chief opponent of this deal. Nothing has changed since then except the occupant of the White House. Syria is still Iran’s ally. A Which-Side-Is-Obama-On Alert: “Obama opens up billions in business for Syria: Damascus gets crucial deal without promising to drop alliance with Iran,” by Aaron Klein for WorldNetDaily, October 9 (thanks to News4U):
TEL AVIV – The Obama administration was instrumental in facilitating a partnership deal that will see billions of dollars in trade flow between the European Union and Syria that may revitalize Damascus’ stagnant economy, Egyptian and other Palestinian diplomatic sources told WND.
U.S. opposition was a main factor in the deal being delayed since it was drawn up as a draft pact in 2004. The deal is worth an estimated $7 billion a year for the Syrian economy. The Bush administration was particularly opposed to Syria’s interference in Lebanese affairs and Damascus’ military alliance with Iran.
According to the Egyptian and Palestinian diplomatic sources, the Obama administration dropped American opposition to the deal without first extracting a concession from Syria to end its alliance with Iran.
The sources told WND the White House received pledges from Syria to collaborate with the West in Lebanon and Iraq and to play a more constructive role in the Middle East.
“Syria was clear there was no promise to end its ties to Iran,” said a diplomatic source….