Syria dismisses EU sanctions: ‘We will forget Europe is on the map’

DAMASCUS — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Wednesday rejected foreign meddling in his country’s internal affairs while stressing Damascus is keen to maintain good ties with longtime ally Turkey.

“We are keen on maintaining good relations with Turkey with which we share a common border of 850 kilometres (528 miles),” Mr. Muallem told a press conference in Damascus.

“We don’t want to wipe away years of efforts to establish privileged ties,” he added. “I wish (Turkey) would reconsider its position.”

His comments came as Turkey has distanced itself from Syria over its brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy revolt that has threatened the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr. Muallem, however, stressed that his country would not tolerate any foreign interference in its internal affairs.

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