French President Nicolas Sarkozy held talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad on Tuesday over international efforts to arrange a cease-fire in the fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Sarkozy came to Damascus as part of a regional tour to push a cease-fire proposal.
He has also talked with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli leaders and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during this tour.
Sarkozy has said Europe wants a cease-fire as quickly as possible and urged Israel to halt the offensive while also blaming Hamas for acting "irresponsibly and unpardonably."
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