Sarkozy invites Assad, Olmert to Paris conference

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Syrian President Bashar Assad to participate in a conference scheduled for July 13 in Paris.

Sarkozy invites Assad, Olmert to Paris conference
Israeli newspaper reported Olmert has expressed his willingness to attend the conference, which will focus on the Middle East, but Syrian President Assad has not to respond him yet.

The report said the invitation was recently relayed to Jerusalem ahead of Sarkozy's scheduled visit to Israel on June 22 for the country's 60th occupation anniversary.

The newspaper commented "if Assad decides to attend the conference it would mark the first time that leaders from Israel and Syria meet under one roof. However, it remains unclear whether Olmert and Assad will agree to hold one-on-one talks or even shake hands."

The newspaper also quoted official sources in Jerusalem as saying on Tuesday night that "the negotiations between Israel and Syria will resume next week in Turkey."

The al-Arabiya news network said the disputed Shebaa Farms region may end be on the table as the representatives sit down with Turkish mediators once more to continue the peace talks.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Haziran 2008, 12:23