Syria's Assad wants Turkey role in all stages of Israeli talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that Turkey should take part in all processes for settlement of peace between Syria and Israel.

Syria's Assad wants Turkey role in all stages of Israeli talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that Turkey should take part in all processes for settlement of peace between Syria and Israel.

Speaking to the TRT Turkiyya Arabic Channel, al-Assad assessed Turkish-Syrian relations and regional developments.

In regard to Turkey's mediation in indirect peace talks between Syria and Israel, al-Assad said that Turkey achieved great success in that process.

Al-Assad said Turkey should take role in all processes aiming to secure peace.

Syria and regional countries had confidence in Turkish officials, he said.

The relations between Turkey and Syria have been improved in a short time surprisingly, he said.

Al-Assad said that Turkey's stance over some regional matters contributed to development of Turkish-Syrian ties and there was a full confidence between the two countries.

In regard to his earlier statement that tension between Turkey and Israel would make a negative impact on the peace process, al-Assad said he meant that a breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations could affect the peace process.

Turkey's good relations with Iran and other neighbors served the interests of Syria, he said.

PKK problem was a regional issue as it concerned Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran, he said.

Al-Assad said that they were monitoring developments in Iraq as those developments directly affected Syria. He said that they attached a great importance to territorial integrity of Iraq.

"US-French role"

In his first public assessment of U.S. and French moves to relaunch the talks, Assad told TRT television that envoys from the two countries are trying to accommodate Syria's demands for the return of the Golan Heights and Israel's security objectives.

An official Syrian transcript of the interview was published on Wednesday.

"What is happening now is a search for common ground to launch the talks. For us the primary basis is the return of the whole land. For the Israelis they are talking about security arrangements," Assad said.

Assad said that if the talks were to resume they would be initially indirect, similar to the last four rounds that were mediated by Turkey and broke off in 2008 without a deal, after Israel's deadly Gaza attack.

"There is more than one movement in the region, including France and the United States ... a movement between Syria and Israel to search for ideas, but nothing has crystallised yet, and we cannot know what will happen," he said.

Assad last month separately met U.S. envoy George Mitchell, who is trying to rescue Palestinian talks after Israel's refusal to end illegal settlements on the occupied lands, and Jean-Claude Cousseran, who was appointed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to pursue the Syrian-Israeli track.

The two envoys also visited Israel, which Assad said was scuttling peace efforts by Judaising Jerusalem and building settlements on occupied land.


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What a trust. Mr Bashar is one of very few Arab leaders with a vision. Syrians should be proud about him.