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Sarkozy urges Syria pursue direct talks with Israel

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President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, during his first trip to Damascus, encouraged Syria to pursue face-to-face peace talks with Israel.

After discussions with President Bashar Assad, Sarkozy said France was ready to sponsor direct Syria-Israel talks "when the time comes," and would help in any way it could if asked.

Assad said his talks with Sarkozy were "frank and constructive" and focused on Mideast stability and indirect contacts currently underway between Syria and Israel under Trkish mediation.

He said the indirect negotiations were the only way toward future face-to-face talks, which he said would "need the presence" of the U.S and others.

Reported by Reka Network

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