Israel sends Syria message over direct talks 'via Russian mediation'

A report said, Israel had conveyed a proposal to Syria via Russian President Dimitry Medvedev.

Israel sends Syria message over direct talks 'via Russian mediation'

A report said, Israel had conveyed a proposal to Syria via Russian President Dimitry Medvedev.

"Israel proposed to engage in direct peace talks with Syria, provided Damascus cut ties with Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday", according to an Israeli report.

"President Shimon Peres had conveyed the proposal via his Russian counterpart Dimitry Medvedev", Hareezt quoted Assad as telling the Lebanese Daily Al-Safir.

"Our answer is clear," Assad was quoted as saying. "Reality proves Israel is not interested in peace and there is therefore nothing more to say."

The Russian president passed on Peres' message during a recent visit to Damascus, which coincided with a trip to Moscow by Peres, Assad said.

But, the Israeli paper also said, Peres' office denied Assad's remarks.

"The president did not send Assad a letter, either through Russain president or through any other mediator," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"The president's staff did confrim reports that Peres took advantage of Russian mediation to reassure Assad that Israel did not intend to attack Syria or Lebanon this summer," the Israeli report added.

Agencies

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