U.S. Seeks to Improve Relations With Syria

In another sign that the U.S. is exploring ways to improve relations with Syria, officials from each country met for nearly two hours at the State Department on Thursday.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with Syria's ambassador to the United States, Imad Moustapha, at Feltman's request. The last time Syrian and U.S. officials met at the State Department was last year, when Moustapha discussed the bombing of a nascent nuclear facility by Israel.

When asked about the significance of the meeting Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that it was too early to tell if relations were improving significantly but that it reflected a desire by the Obama administration to engage with states whose relations with the previous administration had been strained.

Moustapha described the meeting as positive and constructive saying Syria's issues were covered across the board. He said, however, that they didn't discuss the appointment of a U.S. ambassador to Damascus and the likelihood of Clinton meeting with Syria's foreign minister at the Gaza Donors conference, which both will attend in Sharm El Sheikh on March 2.

A State Department official told FOX News that Feltman will accompany Clinton on her maiden Mideast trip next week..