WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington is urging Syria to move away from ally Iran as well as stop arming Hezbollah, cooperate in Iraq and resume peace talks with Israel, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. In disclosing US demands for engagement with Syria, Hillary was blunter than ever about Washingtons bid to drive a wedge between Damascus and Tehran, the target of a US drive for sanctions designed to halt Irans nuclear programme. Hillary remarks during a Senate budget debate come as Syria announced that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Damascus on Thursday for talks with Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. The chief US diplomat told a Senate committee that William Burns, the Under-Secretary for Political Affairs and third-ranking US diplomat, had very intense, substantive talks in Damascus when he visited there last week. And weve laid out for the Syrians the need for greater cooperation with respect to Iraq, the end to interference in Lebanon and the... provision of weapons to Hezbollah, a resumption of the Israeli-Syrian track..., she said. She said Washington also is asking Syria to generally to begin to move away from the relationship with Iran, which is so deeply troubling to the region as well as to the United States.