Lebanese president rules out direct peace talks with Israel

March 18, 2009 20:49

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday ruled out holding direct peace talks with Israel, calling for a regional peace conference instead. "We have always refused to hold direct talks with the Israelis," he said at the end of a three-day visit to France. "We have always said that we would be prepared to accept a peace conference based on the Madrid conference and also on the international legal texts."

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