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Qatar to mediate Syrian-U.S., Israeli talks

Qatar has delivered messages to Damascus and Washington in an effort to revive the Syrian-Israeli peace talks, reports the London-based daily Al-Hayyat.

It was reported that the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, will soon visit Syria again, for the third time in the past few months. Qatari sources said Amir Hamad has issued political orders to begin large economic investments in Syria. Different reports suggest Qatar might invest up to $10 billion in the Syrian market.

“Qatar wants to render credibility for its mediation between Syria and the U.S. and Israel, through participation in large financial investments in Syria,” diplomatic sources told Al-Hayyat.

Economic sources also said the Qataris are giving “high priority” to investments in tourism projects in Syria. “About 100 sites will be suggested for investment during the first Conference for Tourism Investment,” Syrian Tourism Minister Sa’adallah Agha Al-Qal’a announced.

Sources also said Syrian-Qatari talks had revived a building project of a hotel complex in Damascus, with an investment of some $400 million dollars.