MOSCOW, December 2. /TASS/. Russia’s presidential envoy on the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the Geneva intra-Syrian talks with Syria’s Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s press service said on Saturday.
"During the meeting they had a sincere exchange of opinions on development of the situation in Syria and around it, including the interim results of the eighth round of the intra-Syrian consultations in Geneva under the auspices of the UN," the ministry said in a statement.
They also discussed other issues of the Russian-Syrian cooperation, the press service added.
The eighth round of the intra-Syrian talks, which kicked off in Geneva on November 26, has brought together the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has urged the parties to refrain from putting forward any preconditions. On Friday, the talks were put on hold, supposedly to December 5.