March 14, 2007 / 12:25 PM / 12 years ago

EU backs Syria's aim to regain Golan Heights: Solana

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (R) shakes hands with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana during their meeting in Damascus March 14, 2007. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

DAMASUCUS (Reuters) - The European Union supports Syria’s goal of regaining the occupied Golan Heights from Israel, the EU foreign policy chief said after meeting President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.

“We would like to work as much as possible to see your country Syria recuperate the territory taken in 1967,” Javier Solana told a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem.

Syria has made it clear that its cooperation to help end violence in Iraq was tied to Western, especially U.S., backing for its peaceful campaign to regain the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied during the Middle East war four decades ago.

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