Turkey ready to resume mediation between Israel and Syria
Turkey is prepared to mediate between Israel and Syria if the two agree to resume stalled indirect talks, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Friday. Turkey mediated four rounds of indirect talks between Israel and Syria last year, but the process was suspended in December after the Jewish state launched a massive offensive in the Gaza Strip.
According to AFP, Erdogan stated the negotiations could be revived if both countries wished, adding the prospect would depend also on the attitude of the new Israeli government. "If they make such a request to Turkey, we will do our best," Anatolia news agency quoted Erdogan as saying in a television interview.
"We are determined to do whatever we can for peace in the Middle East... All issues should be resolved at the negotiating table," he said.