Syria, Israel to hold more indirect talks

A Turkish official said delegations from Syria and Israel have agreed to hold more indirect peace talks in Turkey. The official said the delegations ended their fourth round of Turkish-mediated talks in Istanbul on Wednesday and agreed to hold more in the coming months. The Turkish mediators travel between negotiators from both side who stay in separate hotels. The official said the latest round of talks were "constructive and positive," but there has been no agreement on moving toward direct negotiations. The official, who is in contact with Turkish mediators, spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private. The latest round of indirect Israeli-Syrian talks began in May. Previous negotiations between them broke down in 2000.