Lavrov and Kerry voted for the use in the process of inter-Syrian support group


MOSCOW, January 23. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry called for further International support group of Russia, USA and UN to support the inter-Syrian political process. As have informed in the Russian foreign Ministry, the telephone conversation was initiated by the American side.

“The foreign Ministers continued the discussion on Syria, Reaffirming support for the efforts of the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura for the organization next week in Geneva between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition to achieve a political settlement, – have informed in the Ministry. – Special attention is paid to the necessity of forming a truly representative delegation of the opposition and ensure that the agenda of the talks to the requirements of UN security Council resolution 2254, including the fight against ISIL and other terrorist groups, and respect the right of Syrians to decide the fate of their country”.

“The General view that in the interests of effective external support of the inter-Syrian political process, it is advisable to continue to use the format of the International support group, Syria chaired by Russia, the U.S. and the UN”, – stated in the message.

Kerry: talks on Syria in Geneva can start, if will be taking the initiative

However Kerry at a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubara in Riyadh said that the negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Syria could begin in the next few days.

“The exact date of the meeting is not identified,” he said, stressing that the talks will be held, if the parties take the initiative. “On a political solution in Syria face many obstacles,” he added while speaking with journalists after the meeting with the representatives of the participating countries of the cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC).

The sides discussed regional problems, including the crisis in relations between Riyadh and Tehran. In this regard, Kerry remarked that Washington “remains concerned about the policy of Iran”, in particular missile program.

On Friday the UN announced that it is scheduled for January 25, the inter-Syrian consultations may be delayed “for practical reasons”.