Damascus has dismissed recent reports claiming that the country is being engaged in “secret” talks and negotiations with Israel.
On March 13, an official source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that Syria’s stand on any talks with Israel has been always “clear and transparent.” The source went on to claim that Damascus has never engaged in secret negotiations with Israel.
“Everything that Syria did previously was public, and it will not be today and in future anything but public,” the source told the SANA. “Any claims of secret negotiations or talks between Syria and the Zionist entity are nothing but media and political fabrications.”
The official denied recent claims by head of the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities, Rabbi Eddy Abbadi.
In an interview with RT aired on March 11, Abbadi claimed that he was invited by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to visit historical Jewish sites in Syria prior to the war. The rabbi also said that he personally believes that Damascus will soon follow the footsteps of the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco and normalize its relations with Tel Aviv.
“Syria never invited any Israeli figure to its territories. Rather, requests to visit Syria always came from Israeli personalities,” the official said.
Many recent reports in Arab and Israeli media claimed that Syria and Israel are in talks over several issues. One of the topics of the alleged talks is the remains of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who was executed in Damascus in 1965.
Syria has been always transparent with any talks with Israel. Earlier this year, the country announced a prisoners swap deal with Tel Aviv. The deal was brokered by Russia.
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