Turkish premier to attend talks in Syrian capital

September 1, 2008 17:15

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend four-way talks on Middle East peace this week in the Syrian capital, the Turkish deputy premier said on Monday. Erdogan will be joined by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Syrian officials and the Emir of Qatar for the talks in Damascus on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said. Turkey has mediated a series of indirect negotiations between Syria and Israel in a bid to get the sides to meet face-to-face and end their decades-old enmity. But Syria said last week the talks have not made enough headway for the two sides to hold direct negotiations.

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