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No Role At Astana For Those Who Support, Arm, Fund Terrorists: Mikdad

In statements to Lebanese television, Syria's deputy FM takes jab at Doha and Riyadh for their backing of terror groups in Syria, denying them space at the negotiating table unless support to armed groups is stopped
No Role At Astana For Those Who Support, Arm, Fund Terrorists: Mikdad

Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said that Qatar and Saudi Arabia can discuss participation at the upcoming Astana talks on the situation in Syria when the two countries end their support for terrorism.

In a statement to Lebanese Al Mayadeen TV on Wednesday, Mikdad said that “All those who want to work faithfully to resolve the crisis in Syria, respect its sovereignty, fight terrorism with it, and annuls boycotting it can participate in the talks,” he said, adding that there will be no role for those who support, arm, and fund terrorists.

He also said that the United States must show honest intentions in dealing with proposed solutions, stressing the need to pressure Turkey into closing its borders with Syria, prevent the support of terrorism, and hold accountable those who fund terrorism.

The talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana are due to be held on January 23 with the aim of helping to kick-start a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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