Syria has dismissed a U. S. statement which said Damascus is collaborating with Iran and the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah on plans to topple Lebanon's government.
In a statement Wednesday, Syria's embassy in Washington called the charges "ludicrous and unfounded."
The statement said Syria fully respects Lebanon's sovereignty and does not interfere in its internal politics. Damascus also urged the U.S. to stop interfering in Lebanese politics.
Earlier, the White House warned Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and their Lebanese allies to stay away from the elected government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. A spokesman said any attempt to destabilize Lebanon's government would violate the country's sovereignty and U.N. resolutions.
The spokesman said there are signs Syria wants to prevent Lebanon from approving a law for an international tribunal to try those allegedly involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who died in a bombing in 2005.
Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned that some people may be trying to destabilize Mr. Siniora's government.