Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Syrian FM says Damascus ready for negotiations

Walid Muallem says Syria not seeking military solution to tensions with Israel; adds that while Damascus opposes Road Map, it supports Arab initiative

"We are by no means seeking a military solution against Israel. We are ready for negotiations with Israel, to realize the peace," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview with al-Arabiya television ahead of US President George W. Bush's visit to the region this week.

"The Road Map does not tangibly exist. We are committed to the Arab peace initiative. Unfortunately this initiative has not been marketed correctly by the Arab nations. We came to participate in the Annapolis peace conference based on our willingness to negotiate," said Muallem in the interview, due to be broadcast on Wednesday........"

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