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Assad: Israel Does Not Want Peace


Israel does not want peace with its neighbors, Bashar Assad said. The Syrian president told a meeting of Arab lawmakers Sunday in Damascus that Israel can prove it is serious about peace by withdrawing from all of what he called occupied Arab territory, The Associated Press reported.

After four rounds of Turkish-mediated, indirect talks between Syria and Israel, a fifth round was postponed by Israel, according to Syria.

Assad also called on U.S. troops to leave Iraq, saying they are contributing to regional instability.

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