Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is mediating between Syria and Israel in an effort to secure peace. He said that Turkey will try to restart low-level negotiations between the sides with the aim of eventually getting the countries' leaders together. He was speaking in Ankara on Saturday on his return from a trip to Damascus, where he attended a Turkish-Syrian business meeting and held talks with President Bashar Assad. "There was a request from Syria and Israel for this kind of an effort and Turkey will do its best in this regard," Erdogan said. "This effort will start among the lower level (officials) and if they are successful, God willing, they will end with a higher level meeting," the prime minister said.