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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gore Upbeat on Talks

JERUSALEM () -- Visiting U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday he was optimistic Israel and Syria could reach a breakthrough in their peace negotiations this year.

Gore said the latest Jerusalem-Damascus shuttle of U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher was "extremely productive." Peace talks are to resume next week.

Gore, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, said the United States would stand by Israel as it made concessions for peace, including a troop withdrawal on the Golan Heights. Peres said the United States has taken a more active role recently in the Israel-Syria talks, including offering compromise proposals.