Assad: Israel Insisting that Negotiations Restart Without Previous Concessions

[Reuters ] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the Israelis were insisting that negotiations with Syria restart from scratch, canceling the Israeli concessions proposed in previous talks in the 1990s. Assad also dismissed Israeli demands that Syria give up its alliance with Iran as a condition for peace. Israeli officials have said a peace deal depends on Syria distancing itself from Iran and severing ties with Hizbullah and Hamas. "Should we establish relations with Israel and lose our relations with the world?" he asked.

2008-06-06 01:00:00

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