Gatilov calls for wide participation of the Syrian opposition in Geneva talks

Moscow, SANA- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called to ensure broader representation of the Syrian opposition at the Syrian-Syrian dialogue currently held in Geneva and to unite efforts of the international community to fight terrorism in Syria.

Russian Foreign Ministry said that Gatilov met on Monday in Geneva UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Anne W. Patterson and Head of the Democratic Union party Saleh Musallam .

The meetings, according to the ministry, concentrated on the issues related to launching the process of the Syrian- Syrian dialogue to find a solution for the crisis in light of the International Security Council resolution no.2254 and Vienna’s communiqués.

Separately, Gatilov told Russian Sputnik News Agency ..”The Kurds are a very significant part of the Syrian opposition. Americans generally share our views. Unfortunately, there is a Turkish factor involved, who insists that the Kurds are excluded from the negotiations and a political settlement,” Gatilov added.

He made it clear that de Mistura also agreed that the Syrian Kurds should be included in the Syrian-Syrian talks.

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