Turkey encouraged Syria on Wednesday to think of ways to revive the stalled peace talks with Israel, but the Syrian president said Israel does not appear to be a partner in the process.
Syrian President Bashar Assad sat down with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul to consider how to restart the talks.
"Israel has again showed that it does not want peace," Assad said after the iftar, the dinner that breaks the daily fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "Israel has dynamited all peace negotiations so far, it has massacred people in Lebanon, it has attacked Gaza."
He said Israel's presence at the peace table is only "virtual," echoing remarks Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem made through an interpreter earlier.