Syrian diplomats say Damascus is serious about making peace, and hope Washington will lean on Israel's new government.
At the Arab League summit Monday, the UN secretary general condemned Sudan's expulsion of humanitarian aid groups in response to the ICC arrest warrant for Bashir.
It's about Iran, Iraq, and Israel. The two foes planned to meet in Riyadh Wednesday to solidify Arab unity amid regional volatility.
Damascus is seeking an arms deal with Moscow, a move that would bolster its position in the Middle East.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman's visited Damascus Wednesday, raising the prospect that perhaps hundreds of detainees in Syria will be released.
The two countries, after an eight-year hiatus, are talking about an Israeli withdrawal in exchange for peace.
This weekend's Arab League gathering of Middle East and North African countries in Syria is expected to be a display in regional divisions.
The USS Cole has deployed off the coast of Lebanon as that nation's political crisis deepens.
The Arab League's secretary-general flies into Beirut this week in an effort to end the country's presidential stalemate.