Syria's ambassador to the United States on Monday was quoted as calling for ending the "state of war" with Israel. "We offer the big thing ? let's sit together, make peace and finish once and for all this state of war. What could be better than that?"
"We desire to recognise each other and end the state of war," Imad Mustafa told a gathering of activists in Washington allied with Israel's Peace Now movement, in comments aired on Israeli army radio.
"Here is then a grand thing on offer. Let us sit together, let us make peace, let us end once and for all the state of war." The Syrian official added however that any peace agreement would depend on an Israeli pullout from the occupied Golan Heights. "The negotiations are a historic opportunity for Israel to make peace, not just with Syria and Lebanon, but with the whole Arab world," Mustafa stated.