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Turkey Says Syria, Israel Show 'Will' for Peace


Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan says Ankara believes both Israel and Syria have the "political will" to reach a peace agreement and end tensions between them.

In an interview with Turkey's private NTV television Wednesday, Babacan said there is hope Syria and Israel will reach a solution. He said Turkey would not have agreed to facilitate talks between the two countries without such hope.

Babacan said Ankara plans to mediate a fourth round of indirect talks between the two nations in the coming weeks, though he declined to disclose a date.

Israel and Syria announced in March they had renewed peace talks through Turkish mediation after an eight-year break.

The talks focus on the fate of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

In other news, Foreign Minister Babacan Wednesday said Turkey also supports dialog to solve the dispute regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Babacan says his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, is to visit Turkey Friday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.