Olmert rejects peace talks with Syria

October 16, 2006 16:47

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday ruled out peace talks with Syria at the present time, saying President Bashar Assad isn't a suitable negotiating partner. Olmert said Assad must halt its support for Palestinian terror groups before the two nations can hold peace talks and dismissed the Syrian leader's calls for negotiations as a "negotiating tactic." Syria hosts the top leaders of Hamas, the ruling Palestinian political party, which is committed to Israel's destruction. Olmert made his comments in a speech at the opening of the Knesset winter session.

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