Turkey says ready to mediate Israeli-Syrian talks

13:08, January 01, 2010      

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Thursday said Turkey is ready to mediate talks between Israel and Syria, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

"If we do see a serious approach, we will do whatever is possible for relations between Syria and Israel," Davutoglu told a press conference.

The top diplomat said the goal of mediating talks is to facilitate peace, adding that, as sovereign countries, Syria and Israel could decide their approach on their own.

Turkey last year brokered four rounds of indirect negotiations between the two long-time foes. Since Israel's large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip last winter, the relations between the Jewish state and Turkey have soured.

The Turkish government has strongly condemned the offensive, which left more than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

Meanwhile, he rejected the reports that Turkey's axis of foreign policy was drifting away from the West in recent years, saying such claims were "not well-intentioned," according to Anatolia.

"Our axis is Ankara and our horizon is 360 degrees," he was quoted as saying.

Source: Xinhua
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