U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffery Feltman said Friday during an interview with Al-Arabiya TV that the United States wants peace in the region to include Lebanon and Syria, but added that there are great problems and challenges thwarting this aim.

Addressing the launch of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, the former US ambassador to Lebanon stressed to Al-Arabiya that it is in the U.S.’ interest to achieve peace, noting that the success of the negotiations is not guaranteed, but the U.S. will try all it can to ensure their success.

He stressed that both the Palestinians and Israelis agreed to reach a comprehensive peace agreement within a year.

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