Syria's Asad praises Turkey as objective in Israel talks

Turkey has mediated five rounds of indirect talks last year before they collapsed following Israeli deadly offensive on Gaza.

Syria's Asad praises Turkey as objective in Israel talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Asad Wednesday criticized Israeli comments that Turkey acted "subjectively" in mediating indirect talks between Syria and Israel.

Appearing at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday in Damascus, al-Asad said that Turkey's attitude was objective "and this is what Israel disliked".

We were pleased with Turkey's mediation and did not refuse the assistance of other countries, al-Asad stressed.

Turkey made great efforts for peace in the Middle East. Turkey is one of the giant actors that play a role for peace in the Middle East, al-Asad noted.

Turkey and Syria do want the establishment of peace in the Middle East. Yet the peace process is not a continuous one. There are ups and downs, al-Asad said.

Everyone is aware of Turkey's attitude on Gaza. Everyone wishes to see an end to the embargo on Gaza. A Turkish convoy passed through Syria and carried humanitarian assistance to Gaza. I thank the Turkish people for their generosity, al-Asad said.

Touching on the agreements signed by Turkey and Syria on Wednesday, al-Asad said that the agreements have placed great responsibility on the two countries.

Of course, the businesspeople of the two countries have an important role to play, al-Asad also said.

Turkey has mediated five rounds of indirect talks last year before they collapsed following Israeli deadly offensive on Gaza.

The Turkish premier has publicly criticized Israeli aggression against Palestine and he fired a salvo of such criticisms against Israeli president at a meeting in Davos earlier this year, while West and some states remained silent on the killings of civillians on the besieged Gaza.


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