The US has condemned as "offensive" comments by Israel's defence minister about Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace proposals.
Moshe Yaalon was quoted by an Israeli newspaper as saying Mr Kerry was acting out of "misplaced obsession and messianic fervour".
He later issued an apology, saying he "had no intention to cause offence".
Syria's foreign minister said Saturday his delegation had rejected a US request for direct talks unless Secretary of State John Kerry apologised for his remarks at the Geneva II talks.
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