Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Syria on Saturday where he declared that relations between the two countries would improve significantly under President-elect Barack Obama.
"I don't have any doubt that the situation will improve between the United States and Syria after we have a new president," Carter told reporters in Damascus following his meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Despite Syria's recently revealed covert nuclear program, its alliance with Iran's current leadership, its support of anti-American insurgents in Iraq and its sponsorship of anti-Israel terror groups, Carter wants the US to positively engage Assad, and is confident Obama will do just that.
Carter also sided with Assad on his position that peace between Israel and its neighbors can never be achieved until the Jewish state surrenders all the land the Arabs claim it illegally occupies.
Carter was scheduled to spend Sunday with Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashal.
The former president has long rejected the notion that just because Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization openly dedicated to Israel's destruction that it shouldn't be engaged in dialogue.