Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Netanyahu to Sarkozy: Israel Ready for Immediate talks with Syria

(Ynet, AP).During the meeting Netanyahu reportedly told Sarkozy that Israel was willing to launch immediate peace negotiations with Syria with no preconditions.

The two leaders met for more than an hour and a half in Paris on Wednesday. When they emerged, they shook hands but did not speak to reporters.

In a joint statement, they said they "agreed to deploy all efforts" toward "immediately reviving the peace process."

They also discussed international efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program, and Netanyahu lauded France's firm position on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

A member of Netanyahu's entourage called the meeting "warm and cordial," adding that the Israeli PM briefed Sarkozy on his recent meeting with US President Barack Obama and the efforts to jumpstart the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.