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Premier Naji al-Otari
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Syria warns war would have 'catastrophic results'
Damascus cautions Jerusalem that armed conflict between two nations would 'be catastrophic for the region and beyond'

Syria's prime minister warned Israel Saturday that any new Mideast war would be catastrophic for the region and beyond.

 

For weeks, Israel has traded some of the sharpest words in years with Syria and another key adversary on its northern border, the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

 

Premier Naji al-Otari said a new war will have dangerous repercussions not only in the Middle East but also on the international level.

 

He spoke to reporters Saturday after meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

 

Syria's foreign minister warned Israel earlier this month that any new war would reach Israeli cities.

 

Israel's foreign minister told Syria its army would be defeated and its regime would collapse in any future conflict.

 

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who is on an official visit on Syria, said that world powers would have to take new action against Iran if Tehran made no further gestures.

"We have read the new report (on Iran) by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) ... and it is very worrying," Fillon said.

 

"We proposed dialogue to Iran for several months and for the moment all the propositions have been turned down," he said. "If the situation does not change, we have no other solution but to look into new measures in the coming weeks."

 

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