Moscow: Resuming political process will be the focal point of talks during al-Moallem’s visit

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that resuming the political process to solve the crisis in Syria will be at the center of the talks to be held between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, who starts a visit to Moscow on Sunday.

According to a statement by the Ministry, al-Moallem’s visit will be between June 28 and 30, where he will meet with Lavrov on the second day of the visit.

The situation in Syria will be the main issue of the talks in Moscow, “as the hostile forces, basically ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, have recently been attempting to expand their control in the Syrian territory,” the statement said.

The Ministry said eliminating terrorism in Syria is “directly linked to the issue of unifying the efforts of the Syrian government and all the constructive forces of the Syrian opposition, both external and internal, that are committed to an independent and sovereign Syria where all components live together in security and stability.”

These issues, it added, entail the need to launch “a direct dialogue between the Syrian government and a wide spectrum of the Syrian opposition on the basis of the full implementation, without selectivity or random interpretations, of the items of Geneva Communique issued in June 30, 2012 and without dictations or eternal interference.”

The statement noted that organizing such a process will be discussed in the talks, adding that al-Moallem and Lavrov will also exchange in detail the views on the outcomes of the meetings of representatives of the Syrian opposition groups and civil society that took place in Moscow recently.

The two ministers, it added, will also discuss in detail the accurate implementation by the international and regional players of the items of UN Security Council resolutions 2170, 2177 and 2199 that are related to draining the funding sources of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.

The statement pointed out that the agenda of the Syrian-Russian talks will include the urgent issues of bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and continuing the Russian humanitarian assistance to terrorism-affected people in Syria.

Qabas/ H. Said

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