A delegation of the Syrian regime and the opposition members tolerated by Damascus will meet from Sunday for a week in Moscow, said Thursday to AFP the Russian Foreign Ministry. “Contacts are continuing for the settlement of the Syrian issue. A Syrian delegation will be in Moscow from August 23 to 30,” he told AFP Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The delegation of the Syrian regime will be conducted by the Minister of Reconciliation Ali Haidar, the ministry said without specifying what the opposition representatives.
The emissaries to Damascus and the opposition meet on Monday Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
The rest of their program was not disclosed. This visit comes as the Syrian dossier knows a renewed diplomatic activity.
The United Nations Security Council has supported earlier this week a new plan for peace in Syria.
This is the first political plan for the Syrian conflict on which all members of the Council were able to agree.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister has increased the discussions with his counterparts, including Iran and Saudi Arabia. He also recently met in Moscow the leader of the coalition of the Syrian opposition in exile, Khaled Khoja.
Late 2014 and early this year, Moscow had hosted two rounds of talks between the regime and the opposition tolerated but unrepresentative, that have not resulted in concrete solutions especially as the opposition in exile, supported by the West, was not involved.
The fate of President Bashar al-Assad remains at the center of disagreements between Russia on one side and Westerners, Arab and Syrian opponents of the other. Lavrov reiterated Monday that mark start Bashar Assad as a precondition for a settlement of the conflict is “unacceptable for Russia”.
Moscow also advocates a broad coalition including, in particular, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, but also the Syrian army to fight against the Islamic state group (ISIS) in Syria.