Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday spoke out against the signing of the US-Iraqi security pact, saying the presence of US troops in Iraq posed a threat to stability in the region.
"The presence of occupation forces constitutes a permanent threat to Iraq's neighbours," al-Assad told Arab parliamentarians.
The security deal being negotiated between Baghdad and Washington outlines the future of US troops in Iraq after a United Nations mandate expires at the end of this year.
Under the deal, al-Bashar said, Iraq would become "a base for attacks on its neighbours."
Iran has also indicated its opposition to the deal, calling it an "assault on the sovereignty of Iraq."