U.S. Senator Arlen Specter is hoping for an eventual Syria-Israel peace treaty despite the suspension of indirect negotiations between the two foes.
Specter says he is optimistic because Syria is much more interested "today than it was 20 years ago" to achieve peace with Israel.
The Republican senator from Pennsylvania spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, wrapping up a two-day visit to Syria. In Damascus, he met with President Bashar Assad.
Syria suspended the Turkish-mediated indirect peace talks with Israel in response to Israel's air assault on the Gaza Strip.
Specter says Assad is hopeful the talks will resume.
He also says the United States should be more involved in Mideast peace process.