Israel: 3rd parties relay info to Syria

Israel has confirmed third parties are being used to convey messages between its government and Syria's, Haaretz reported.

Israel: 3rd parties relay info to Syria
Israel has confirmed third parties are being used to convey messages between its government and Syria's, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

The admission confirms earlier statements made by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Turkey, European countries and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have all been relaying Israeli-Syrian messages for "quite some time," Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev has said. However, none of the go-betweens have been successful in getting the two sides to resume peace talks.

Regev claimed Syria is not really interested in improving its relationship with Israel and accused Damascus of using this communication as a diplomatic move to improve its ties with Europe and North America.

Assad said he sees no possibility for direct meetings between Syrian and Israeli representatives right now, Haaretz said.

But the Syrian leader also said that once contacts through indirect channels were exhausted, "direct, open negotiations" should be conducted "in the presence of an honest broker."

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