Regime Considering Replacing Jaafari as Head of Government Delegation to Geneva: Sources

Sources claim Assad government may send deputy foreign minister Faisal Mikdad to replace the top diplomat at the intra-Syrian negotiations in Switzerland

Head of the Syrian government delegation to the Geneva negotiations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari may be forced to step down from his position, informed sources said.

The Italian Aki News Agency reported that the Syrian government is discussing the issue of replacing Dr. Jaafari with Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad.

According to the sources, Mikdad is considered an acceptable replacement by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura’s negotiating team and the Syrian opposition, adding that the deputy FM is less attached to Iranian interests.

The opposition had recently called for the replacement of Dr. Jaafari, saying that he does not have the correct mandate to make decisions regarding the negotiation process.

This article was translated and 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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