Lavrov: Syrian Meetings in Moscow Positive

Lavrov says positive reactions came not only from those who participated in the meeting, but also from opposition figures who did not attend

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that reactions to the meeting held in Moscow between the Syrian government and opposition groups were positive, noting that a number of opposition figures who didn’t participate in the meeting voiced their interest in taking part in the next meeting.

 

During a press conference for the foreign ministers of the RIC (Russia, India, and China) group on Monday, Lavrov said that the positive reactions towards the meeting came not only from the sides who participated in it, but from other opposition figures who, for one reason or another, did not attend the meeting.

 

Lavrov said that the principles specified in the meeting were agreed upon by the opposition groups in attendance, so there is a hope that this will help launch a peaceful process that involves all Syrians on the basis of the Geneva 1 communiqué.

 

He added that Russia will continue discussions with its international partners, the countries neighboring Syria, and Egypt to help realize a unified position for the opposition.

 

During the conference, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed the need to unite efforts to maintain stability in the region, while Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that there’s no justification for terrorism, or the funding and supporting of it.


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