Breaking with its own policy, the Bush Administration met directly with the Syrian government on May 3, 2007.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly spoke with the Syrian Foreign Minister for thirty minutes.
The occasion was an international conference of some 50 nations. It is the largest Iraq summit since the invasion and the United States is seeking common ground among Iraq’s neighbors.
“A stable Iraq is in our best interests. Now it is time for every country to support this goal with new actions,”
Iraq’s prime minister and U.S. officials are asking international lenders to forgive about $44 billion of Iraq’s massive debt. In exchange, Iraq promises to stop the in-fighting and start political and economic reforms that will open up the countries oil wealth.
Another factor being discussed is U.S. troop withdrawal.