The United States supports direct peace talks between Israel and Syria. Syria previously had insisted on three-way talks, with the United States as a partner. The Syrian foreign minister recently turned down Israeli President Moshe Katsav’s proposal for direct talks, saying the offer was not taken seriously because Katsav is primarily a figurehead.
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