Syrian FM: There's no need to amend Arab peace initiative

May 7, 2009 13:13

There is no justification for amending an Arab peace offer to Israel, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Thursday. Arab diplomats have said the US has asked Arab nations to amend the 2002 land-for-peace proposal to make it more palatable to Israel. Moallem also told reporters before meeting two US envoys that Damascus is still testing American intentions toward his country. The top US diplomat for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman, and National Security Council member Daniel Shapiro are in Damascus for the second time since March, signaling the Obama administration's efforts to explore ways to improve relations with a country Washington has criticized as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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