Sands: the Congress of netdialog Syria to be convened after the expert reconciliation of participants


SOCHI, November 23. /TASS/. The convening of the Congress of national dialogue Syria will be held after the expert reconciliation participants. The journalists said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

“There is a strong consensus that Congress will soon be convened, this will be preceded by intensive work at the expert level on the harmonization of the lists of participants of this Congress, – said Peskov. It is obvious that this list should be as inclusive, for a viable formula for political dialogue can be achieved only through the participation of the widest possible representation of all represented in Syria [groups]”.

Talking about the approved on Wednesday a joint statement of the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey, the Kremlin spokesman stressed that it was “not a Protocol of intentions, it is absolutely clear position”. This Peskov said that the Kremlin is aware of the existence of specific reservations by the Turkish partners in relation to those forces, which they believe pose a threat to its national security. “But that does not mean that the work will not be carried out. We now have a very stressful expert work on the harmonization and reconciliation of lists. After it is finalized, we will be expected to convene this Congress here in Sochi, which was declared in document”, – said the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation.

Speaking of that, when can held this meeting, Peskov noted that the date “for the night has not appeared”. He also added that the press service of the Kremlin will inform if will be any contacts on this account, or phone calls on this account, in particular, with U.S. President Donald trump.

Peskov also said that to talk about the creation of the Committee for the drafting of the Constitution of Syria is premature.

On Wednesday, the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey for the trilateral summit in Sochi instructed to elaborate further on the composition and terms of carrying out in Sochi in the near future Congress of the Syrian national dialogue. As told journalists the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the forum must consider the key issues of the national agenda for Syria, “primarily related to the development of the future state structure, the adoption of a new Constitution, holding on the basis of its elections under the supervision of the UN.” As a result, in his opinion, will be an incentive for renewed efforts on the Syrian conflict settlement within the framework of the Geneva process. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani also expressed hope that Congress will become a new step for holding free elections in Syria on the basis of the new Constitution.

The beginning of the eighth round of inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva under UN auspices scheduled for November 28. As reported by the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura, the discussion will focus on organizing elections and drafting a new Constitution of Syria.

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