Assad: Syria will not recognize Israel before peace accord is reached

September 4, 2008 23:21


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Syrian President Bashar Assad said his country will not recognize Israel before a peace accord is reached, and that democracy is not a goal for Syria. In a French television interview, Assad said that "it is impossible for recognition to occur before a peace accord." He said there would be "reciprocal recognition" if and when such an accord was reached. Assaid said earlier Thursday that Syria had put forth a proposal for peace with longtime foe Israel. Assad held talks in Damascus with France's president. Assad added that Syria's goal was stability and that democracy was a "means to improve the country and reintroduce freedoms."

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