SYRIA is prepared to tell the US the whereabouts of al-Qaeda cells in Lebanon, Britain’s Sky News television reported today.
Sky News said they had spoken to Syrian cabinet minister Amr Salem.
“Syria has real hard knowledge,” the channel quoted him as saying.
A Sky News correspondent said the Syrians were offering to tell the US where many fundamentalists were.
He said the channel was told specifically there were cells of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist network in Lebanon, and Syria knew of their whereabouts.
Since Syrian troops pulled out of Lebanon last year, the cells have grown, he said.
“We know where they are and we can tell you,” the correspondent said Sky News was told Syria was prepared to say.
The channel also quoted Mr Salem as saying “Syria offers to be an intermediary between Iran and the United States” and “Syria can play an important role in Iraq”.
Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mukdad told Sky News yesterday Syria was ready to open a dialogue with the US to resolve the crisis in Lebanon.
“It has been Syria’s ongoing position that we are ready to have a dialogue with the United States,” he said.