Mitchell: Current talks will not derail Israel-Syria deal

September 16, 2010 19:08

Current US brokered peace talks between Israel and Palestinians will not derail Washington from attempting to reach an agreement between Israel and Syria, US Middle East envoy George Mitchel told Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday.

"Our effort to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in no way contradicts or conflicts with our goal of comprehensive peace including peace between Israel and Syria," Mitchell told the media after he met with Assad in Syria.

"We believe strongly that a foundation of good faith negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis can and should support the entire structure of comprehensive peace," the envoy added.

Mitchell addressed Hamas's open opposition to the current peace negotiations and said, "There are some who are determined to disrupt the process. We are determined to see it through."

Mitchell's trip to Syria came as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton left the region and shows the increased effort the US is investing with Syria, which hosts exiled Hamas leaders and supports Hizbullah.

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