"We've seen some steps that were positive. We've some steps in the financial area, some steps along the border," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told a briefing in Washington.
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visited Syria earlier this month with a strong warning from Washington against continuous cross-border infiltration into Iraq and later told reporters he believes the Syrians have understood the message.
"We think there's more that can be done, particularly with regard to ex-Baathists who might have taken refuge in Syria," said Boucher. "And so we continue to push Syria on that and to look for more progress there."
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