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U.S. also committed to Israel-Syria peace, Mitchell says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States remains committed to making peace between Israel and Syria, George Mitchell assured Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Mitchell, the U.S. Mideast envoy, met Thursday with Assad in Damascus.

"Our effort to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in no way contradicts or conflicts with our goal of comprehensive peace, including peace between Israel and Syria," Mitchell told reporters after the meeting.

Mitchell said that he believed the Israeli-Palestinian talks could lead to a comprehensive peace between Israel and her neighbors.

Assad reportedly told Mitchell that "Our claims are not to get concessions from Israel but rather land that was stolen from us and must be returned."