Syria's ties with the US and France nosedived on Tuesday, four months into a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, after pro-regime crowds attacked the embassies of the two Western states.
A regime-backed "national dialogue" on reforms,
meanwhile, wrapped up a three-day meeting in Damascus with calls for the release
of all political detainees.
Syria accused US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
of "incitement" after she maintained Mr Assad had lost legitimacy and
the right to remain in power.
"Syria vigorously condemns the remarks of the US
secretary of state that amount to further proof of the flagrant interference of
the United States in the internal affairs of Syria," said its foreign
"These remarks are an act of incitement aimed at
continuing the internal crisis and for objectives which do not serve the
interests of the Syrian people or their legitimate ambitions."
Mrs Clinton's comments came after mobs besieged the US
and French embassies on Monday after the ambassadors of the two Western
countries last week travelled to the flashpoint protest city of Hama, north of
"President Assad is not indispensable and we have
absolutely nothing invested in him ... remaining in power," she said.
"From our perspective, he has lost legitimacy."
About 200 independent MPs and members of Mr Assad's Baath
party, which has been in power since 1963, took part in the talks, but
opposition figures boycotted in protest over the deadly crackdown.
Activists say 1,300 civilians have been killed and 12,000
arrested since mid-March.
Germany said on Tuesday it would push for a UN Security
Council resolution condemning Syria over the crackdown, after France renewed
its demand the council take a stance.
"We should not forget: hundreds of thousands normal
people, young people demonstrating for their own freedom," said German
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
"What has happened in the last days and hours shows
us that the common language of the international community is necessary, is
decisive, is crucial," he told journalists in New York.
Earlier, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said:
"France and other European countries have submitted a proposed resolution
to the UN Security Council, which has been blocked by Russia and China.
"This is no longer acceptable," he said,
branding the attack on his government's Damascus embassy, in which three French
personnel were wounded, "extremely violent" and warning Mr Assad's
regime was losing its grip.
On Monday, three staff were injured in the attack on the
French embassy in Damascus, forcing guards to fire three warning shots
As Syrian security forces looked on, Mr Assad's
supporters smashed their way into the French embassy compound with a battering
ram, broke windows and destroyed the ambassador's car, according to a foreign
ministry spokesman in Paris.
Last week, the French and US ambassadors to Syria made
high-profile visits to the restive city of Hama.