Olmert: 'I was close to visiting Syrian foreign minister'

At a speech given at Tel Aviv University on Sunday, former prime minister Ehud Olmert said that during his premiership he was “a matter of hours” from meeting Syria's Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem.
According to Olmert, the meeting was canceled following the decision to implement Operation Cast Lead. Also during his speech, the former prime minister addressed Turkey’s role as mediator in negotiations between Jerusalem and Damascus, saying that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan conducted himself in a fair, and responsible manner.
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