Zakharova: the main objective of the meeting on Syria in Vienna – launching the political process


MOSCOW, October 29. The main objective of the meeting on Syria to be held in Vienna on 30 October – the start of a political dialogue in Syria. This was stated at a briefing the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“The main task of the participants – promoting the early launch of the political process in Syria through internal Syrian dialogue, – said the diplomat. – We note with satisfaction that the Vienna meeting, together with Turkey, will be attended by Arab countries – Syria’s neighbors and influential countries in the region, including Egypt and Iran.”

“Russia originally and strongly advocated, to provide effective external support for the negotiation process conducted by the Syrians themselves to resolve the crisis in their country. We talked about the need to use the entire potential of the regional actors that are somehow involved in the process and can make a positive constructive contribution. This is the approach, not the use of one-way formats, as, for example, the group “friends of Syria”, can bring peace and tranquility for a new peaceful and democratic Syria that we want”, – said Zakharov.

She also said that taking into account the fact that in Vienna will bring together the foreign Ministers of the countries of the region, the Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov held several bilateral meetings. “Some of them have already planned,” – said Zakharov, noting that in the course of these contacts will be discussed issues of bilateral relations and topical regional problems.