Syrian source refutes report by Kuwaiti Al-Rai newspaper on a visit by former US peace envoy

Arab World Materials 2 January 2011 13:02 (UTC +04:00)

A well-informed Syrian source refuted on Saturday a report by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai that former US envoy for the Mideast peace process Dennis Ross visited Damascus last week and met a number of officials, SANA reported.

The source said that the newspaper's reports quoting "well-informed sources" that recent weeks witnessed an unprecedented Syrian cooperation in the peace process, which caused Washington to open a secret communication channel with Syria officials to reach a comprehensive peace agreement between Syria and Israel, are baseless and unfounded.

The source said that the US envoy for the peace process George Mitchell is the only one tasked with this file by the US administration, and that his visits to Damascus are paid in public.