Syria praises Iraq report's emphasis on peace

Syria welcomed the Iraq Study Group report on Thursday, praising its emphasis on the need to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict and reiterating that Syria's priority is to regain the Golan Heights. An unidentified Syrian Foreign Ministry official made clear what his government would want from the United States in return for help in trying to reduce the violence in Iraq. "The Syrian priority is to fully recover the occupied Arab Syrian Golan Heights," the official Syrian Arab News Agency quoted the official as saying. The Syrian official said the report was "positive in dealing with the role of Iraq's neighbors in helping to bring about security and stability in Iraq," the agency said.