Lavrov: Russia hopes that the Syrian opposition will form in Geneva, a United delegation

Lavrov: Russia hopes that the Syrian opposition will form in Geneva, a United delegation


ABU DHABI, 2 February. Russia hopes that intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will form a single delegation of the Syrian opposition. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov after talks with foreign Minister of UAE Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan.

“I hope it (the lack of a unified delegation of the opposition – ed.) a temporary phenomenon, and the presence of the two delegations will not be an obstacle for normal work,” he said.

The participation of representatives of “Jaish al-Islam” (a group banned in Russia) in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva did not imply recognition of this grouping, the Minister said.

The representatives of “Jaish al – Islam” in Geneva should reject extremist activities, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia.

“We agreed that these people, if they will participate in the negotiations, we will participate in their personal capacity that they will accept all the requirements of UN security Council resolution 2254, in particular, the categorical rejection of extremist activity and commitment to the territorial integrity of Syria”, – he said.

See also

Main groups of the Syrian opposition. Dossier