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Sources to Asharq Al-Awsat: Syrian Opposition's HNC in Moscow to Inquire about Sochi

Sources to Asharq Al-Awsat: Syrian Opposition's HNC in Moscow to Inquire about Sochi

Monday, 22 January, 2018 - 08:00
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (3rd L) shakes hands with Nasr al-Hariri (3rd R) next to opposition delegation members. (Reuters)

A delegation from Syria’s High Negotiations Committee headed by Nasr al-Hariri will visit Moscow on Monday to meet with Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shvoigo, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The sources explained that the Syrian opposition delegation will discuss with the Russian officials several issues regarding the Syrian national dialogue conference scheduled to be held in Sochi at the end of the month, including the invited parties, the agenda and outcomes of the conference.

Armed factions have refused to participate in the conference. However, the HNC has not issued a statement pending an official invitation from Moscow to come out with a decision regarding the conference.

The committee announced its participation at the Vienna peace talks scheduled for January 25-26, to discuss the agenda of the negotiations on constitutional reform, elections and political transition, in line with Resolution 2254.

In related news, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir received at the Ministry's headquarters an HNC delegation headed by Hariri.

During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments in Syria and ways of achieving the aspirations of the Syrian people, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The meeting was attended by Deputy Foreign Undersecretary for Political and Economic Affairs, Ambassador Jamal Aqil and Director General of the General Administration of Arab States Saeed Osman Sweid.

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