Outgoing PM Pursuing Syrian Tract

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues his efforts to negotiate with Syria, despite his role as the caretaker head an interim government, following his resignation from office three months ago.

Olmert continues to visit heads of state, as time winds down toward national elections, scheduled for February 10.

At the end of November, Olmert paid a farewell visit to outgoing President George W. Bush.

Earlier this week, he visited London. And Monday, he's scheduled to fly to Turkey for talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has led third-party negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Olmert and Erdogan have maintained close ties with one another.

Meanwhile, Syria issued a document depicting its southern border reaching to the northeastern shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

Some analysts say Syria is counting on U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's willingness to meet with Assad and to pressure Israel to retreat to pre-1967 borders.

The Bush administration was less inclined to open diplomatic relations with Syria.

Sources: Haaretz, YNet news

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