Turkish PM hopes to get result from Syrian-Israeli talks

Türkiye Materials 4 September 2008 16:23 (UTC +04:00)

The Turkish prime minister expressed hope on Thursday to get a result from the Israeli-Syrian talks.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan hoped that a result could be gotten from the Israeli-Syrian talks if constructive attitude was maintained, reported Worldbulletin.

"Israel and Syria are assuming a constructive attitude in the peace talks, aiming to solve their problem," Erdogan told reporters after a quartet meeting in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, French President Nikolas Sarkozy and Qatari Amir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani had a quartet meeting in Damascus with a slogan "dialogue for stability."

Erdogan said that the fourth round of Israeli-Syrian talks was completed, and told reporters that talks would continue with the fifth round, which was postponed for some time due to political developments in Israel.

The Turkish prime minister expressed belief that the prime minister who would come to power after Ehud Olmert would be positive to the process.

"What we had to do was to launch such a peace initiative," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said he believed that taking such a step, although it was indirect, was beneficial and hoped to get a result from talks.