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Information Minister: Syria Will Not hold Dialogue With Terrorists

Zoubi describes it as illogical to negotiate with the FSA, Nusra or ISIS
Information Minister: Syria Will Not hold Dialogue With Terrorists

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said the Syrian government will hold dialogue with the Syrians who do not have blood on their hands and have not been party to the aggression against Syria.


''Dialogue is between politicians, not between a state and terrorists who blew up car bombs and killed people,'' the information minister said.


In an interview with RT TV channel on Wednesday, Zoubi said that "those who are supporting Al-Qaeda are not party to the dialogue, regardless of their nationalities, whether they are Syrians or not."


He added he did not expect the U.N., Russia, the U.S. or any other country concerned to push for dialogue between Syria and “terrorist organizations.”

"Dialogue will be held between the political leaderships and the Syrian people who overwhelmingly support the state on the one hand, and the national opposition on the other," Zoubi said.


He described it as "illogical" to hold dialogue with extremist organizations such as the "Free Syrian Army, the Nusra front or the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria."


"The ball now is in the court of the others who do not want to go to Geneva and are setting preconditions in principle," Zoubi said.


"It is clear that there are regional countries which refuse to respond to international efforts for convening Geneva II and are trying to obstruct it through political pressure and by sending terrorists, weapons and funds to prevent it from convening."


The information minister said the Syrian government has newly acceded to the convention that bans the manufacture, production, stockpiling or use of chemical weapons and is now member of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which, he said, came in response to the Russian initiative.


Zoubi concluded by saying that the Syrian government has the full will and intention to close the file on chemical weapons.


"The Syrian government, as President Bashar Assad has said, will fulfill all its obligations as it has always did," Zoubi said, adding that "there won't be any obstruction or hitch in this."


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer


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