Sunday, June 14, 2009

Statement by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace Senator George Mitchell

June 13, 2009

The United States is committed to actively and vigorously seeking comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The President and Secretary of State have made clear that we seek peace between the Palestinians and Israelis, between Syria and Israel, between Lebanon and Israel and full normalization between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The peace we seek is truly comprehensive.We are well aware of the many difficulties that lie ahead. Yet we share an obligation to create conditions for negotiations to begin promptly and end successfully. It is in the interests of all who seek peace—Americans, Europeans, Arabs, Israelis, and others—to support this effort through tangible steps.

Syria has an integral role to play in reaching comprehensive peace. I have held substantive discussions with President Assad on the range of serious issues in our bilateral relationship. We seek to build on this effort to establish a relationship based on mutual respect and mutual interest. The United States looks forward to this continued dialogue.

Embassy of the United States of America in Damascus Press Release.

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