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December 9, 2003
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The United States should press Israel and Syria to negotiate peace, Hosni Mubarak said. Speaking Monday at a news conference during a visit by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, the Egyptian president said Bashar Assad’s recent comments to The New York Times indicated a willingness to renew talks with Israel. Both Israeli and U.S. officials have dismissed the comments by Assad, Syria’s president, as disingenuous.

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