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Syria Says There May Be Possibility of Peace With Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that indirect negotiations with Israel have brought “the possibility of peace,” though the two countries still have quite a way to go toward that goal.

Syria’s foreign minister said last week that the talks had not made enough headway for the two sides to hold direct negotiations. In an interview with France-3 television, Assad said officials were working to make them happen.

“Today there is a possibility of peace,” Assad said. “But nonetheless, we cannot say that we are close to achieving peace. We are preparing for direct negotiations. When we reach that step, we will be able to say that we are approaching peace.

“Today, we can only say that we have opened the door to peace,” he said, in remarks in Arabic that were dubbed over in French.

Turkey has mediated a series of indirect negotiations between Syria and Israel in a bid to get the sides to meet face-to-face and end their decades-old enmity. Assad said that direct talks in the future could happen with U.S., French and Turkish backing.


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