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Syrian opposition leaders seeks to better understand Russia’s position -FM

February 02, 2013, 22:34 UTC+3

We met on the sidelines of the Munich Conference, al-Khatib had asked for a brief meeting, the minister said

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MOSCOW, February 2 (Itar-Tass) – The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, wants to better understand Russia’s position, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with him in Munich on Saturday, February 2.

“We met on the sidelines of the Munich Conference, al-Khatib had asked for a brief meeting. We talked and I felt that al-Khatib is interested to better understand our position and hear our assessment of the situation,” Lavrov said.

“I recalled al-Khatib’s recent remark that he wants to start a dialogue with the government of Syria on certain terms. We welcomed that,” the minister said.

“This is a very important step, especially because the coalition was created on the basis of strong rejection of any dialogue with the regime. But I think realism has prevailed,” Lavrov said.

This is not a guarantee that the dialogue will start because “there is no team on the side of the opposition. There are too many different groups within the coalition for them to come to agreement on any one delegation,” Lavrov noted, adding, “However the thinking is going in the right direction.”

“I reminded al-Khatib that immediately after the election of this coalition and his appointment to this post we expressed interest in regular contacts. And we will maintain them,” Lavrov said.





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