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January 13, 2000
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The United States will seek the direct involvement of Syrian President Hafez Assad in Israeli-Syrian negotiations, State Department spokesman James Rubin said. “I think we agree with the Israeli prime minister that President Assad will have a role to play before this act is completed, if it is going to be completed,” Rubin added. Just the same, he reiterated the U.S. position that Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa is “empowered and authorized” to negotiate on behalf of Syria.

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