Farid sends this sad little piece:
Washington DC - January 2, 2008/AFP/ -- Syrian official media poured scorn late on Tuesday on comments by a visiting US Congressman that he had secured an undertaking from President Bashar al-Assad to free seven jailed dissidents.
Syria "denies the statement by House of Representatives member Patrick Kennedy that he raised the issue of certain detainees during his meetings with Syrian officials," the state SANA news agency cited an "official source" as saying.
"Syria refuses categorically to discuss its internal affairs with any foreign official. All that a foreign official can do is to be briefed about the situation in Syria in general and to listen to answers.
"No one has the right to interfere in Syria's internal affairs," the official source said.