The Syrian Coalition’s envoy to the bilateral consultations currently being held in Geneva, Haitham al-Maleh, met with UN special envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura on Thursday. Maleh delivered a letter to the UN envoy from the Syrian Coalition along with the “Document of Basic Principles for a Political Settlement in Syria”, as well as a memorandum of understanding signed with the Kurdish National Council.
During the meeting, Maleh reaffirmed the Syrian Coalition’s commitment to a political solution based on the Geneva I statement, stressing that Iran is by no means a neutral party in any political process. “Iran is part of the problem and a partner of the Assad regime’s daily massacres in Syria, let alone it has not yet announced its endorsement of the Geneva statement”.
De Mistura expressed his understanding towards the Syrian Coalition’s role in attempting to reach a political solution, and informed Maleh of his acceptance of the Syrian Coalition’s invitation to a meeting in Istanbul as soon as possible.