PM visits Syria Saturday amid mediation reports

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to visit Syria on Saturday on a mission coinciding with media reports on Turkish peace mediation between Damascus and Tel Aviv.

PM visits Syria Saturday amid mediation reports
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to visit Syria on Saturday on a mission coinciding with media reports on Turkish peace mediation between Damascus and Tel Aviv.

The premiership said in a statement released on Friday that Erdogan would hold talks with President Bashar Al-Assad on various regional issues namely conditions in Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon as well as the Middle East peace process, particularly on the Israeli-Syrian track, KUNA reported.

Erdogan had confirmed reports that Ankara notified the Damascus leadership about "Israel's readiness to withdraw from the Golan Heights" in exchange for a peace treaty.

The local mass-circulation, "Sabah" reported in its edition published on Friday that the main target of Erdogan's mission would be the "peace process between Syria and Israel."

Syria, along with other Arab parties, was involved in peace talks with Israel in the late 90s. The discussions snagged and stopped in 2000 after Tel Aviv refused to relinquish all territories of the Syrian heights.

The Turks have reportedly exerted efforts behind the curtains to try resume the talks between the two sides.
Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2008, 14:39
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