Turkish leader arrives in Damascus to discuss Syrian-Israeli peace

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Damascus Saturday for talks with Syria's leader on rising prospects for Syrian-Israeli peace after signs of progress in Turkish mediation between the two Mideast foes. Erdogan was originally here to open a Syrian-Turkish business forum. But his visit has gained added significance with Syrian President Bashar Assad's announcement that he received an offer from Israel of a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for a peace treaty. Assad has said that Erdogan passed on the message that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is ready to return the Golan and that he's looking to discuss the details with Erdogan. The two were to meet later in Saturday.