Lavrov: Russia and Egypt are preparing a proposal to the Syrian opposition


MOSCOW, October 27. Russia maintains contacts with Egypt to form a representative delegation of the Syrian opposition based on the outcome of meetings of individual groups in Moscow and Cairo. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“We held meetings of opposition in Moscow, Egypt has organized meetings with representatives of other groups in Cairo, he said. – Maintain contacts with Egypt of how these efforts combine to create a representative delegation of the opposition”.

Russia and Egypt are preparing a proposal to the Syrian opposition to come on a common platform for dialogue with the Syrian government, said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.

In the work on establishment of contacts between Russia and a moderate opposition Syria “first response”, said the Minister. “It was hard to find, we continue these efforts. There is some initial feedback. I hope that the contacts that can occur, will give results”, – said Lavrov.

About the coalition the U.S.

Lavrov also said that within the coalition the U.S. there is no uniform understanding of who is a terrorist threat in Syria.

The Minister noted that at the meeting with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in Vienna on 23 October, found that “inside the American coalition there is no common understanding of who is a terrorist threat”. “After that the partners agreed on a common understanding of who is a terrorist organization. Such understanding is not” – said the Minister.

Closed groups of external actors on Syria unviable

Now everyone is starting to understand that the solution in Syria is possible only through inclusive formats, believes Lavrov.

“Our partners, even those who had doubts, begin to understand, that doubt is possible, but other way of settling the Syrian crisis (besides the inclusive formats) does not exist,” he said. According to the head of the Russian foreign Ministry, closed groups of external actors on Syria unviable.

The Minister expressed hope that negotiations on Syria on Friday, Iran and other countries in the region. “We expect that not only Iran, but other countries will be invited for the next round of negotiations. The others have been talking about this Friday,” he said.

Belarus, in turn, believes that Russia’s actions in Syria fully conform to international law.