Reporting by Matt Spetalnick, editing by Patricia Wilson
U.S. President George W. Bush said on Thursday his patience with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had run out long ago.
"Syria needs to stay out of Lebanon," Bush told a White House news conference when asked whether he would be willing talk to Assad about stabilizing Lebanon, which is caught up in a political crisis.
The Bush administration has tried to isolate Damascus diplomatically, though Syria sent representatives to a U.S.-hosted Israeli-Palestinian peace conference last month in Annapolis, Maryland.
"My patience ran out on President Assad a long time ago," Bush said. "The reason why is because he houses Hamas, he facilitates Hezbollah, suiciders go from his country into Iraq and he destabilizes Lebanon," Bush said.
Syria has denied U.S. allegations that it is interfering in neighboring
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