July 8th, 2011
02:48 PM ET

Syria slams U.S. diplomat's trip to Hama

The embattled Syrian regime is accusing the U.S. ambassador of inciting protests in the restive city of Hama, but a State Department official called that claim "absolute rubbish" Friday.

The state-run Syrian media says U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford also met with "saboteurs" and undermined its national dialogue initiative during a visit to that city.

The government said Ford did not ask for proper permission to travel there, where thousands of people have taken to the streets for anti-government protests in recent days, including a huge turnout on Friday.

"This U.S. conduct is also aimed at obstructing dialogue and political solutions undertaken by the leadership in Syria," according to a media source quoted by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency on Friday.

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