Israeli FM: Ready to resume peace talks with Syria without preconditions
Israel's foreign minister said Sunday he would be ready to immediately hold peace talks with Syria, but only without preconditions. Damascus recently said it would be willing to resume indirect peace talks with the new Israeli government as long as they focused on a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
"I'd be glad to negotiate with Syria this evening, but without preconditions," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio. "They say, first go back to '67 lines and give up the Golan. If we agree to that, what is there to negotiate?" he said.
Israel has held several rounds of talks with the Syrians, most recently indirect negotiations mediated by Turkey last year.
In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung published this weekend, Lieberman said he "cannot see Syria as a genuine partner to any sort of agreement" because of its links with Iran and support for militant groups.