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Groups linked with Al-Qaeda can’t be considered as Geneva-2 participants

October 02, 2013, 22:33 UTC+3

Meanwhile, ‘moderate forces’ of Syrian opposition can hope for participation in the peace dialogue, Syrian Minister of Information said

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DAMASCUS, October 2 (Itar-Tass) - The terrorist groups linked with Al-Qeada, such as Jebhat an-Nusra and the Islamic state of Iraq and Levant cannot be considered as participants in a conference Geneva-2 for peaceful resolution. Meanwhile, ‘moderate forces’ of Syrian opposition, which did not call for a foreign military and political intervention in Syria and which “did not stain their hands with the blood of the Syrian people” can hope for participation in the peace dialogue, Syrian Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said here on Wednesday.

“This is reasonable logics. The talks should be conducted between authoritative figures, who enjoy support of the majority of Syrians and national opposition. The state authorities cannot maintain dialogue with terrorists, who kill people,” al-Zoubi said. Meanwhile, the Syrian government hopes that neither Russia nor the United States nor any other participant in the peace talks will demand from Damascus to agree on the participation of representatives of terrorist organizations in the negotiating process, al-Zoubi said.

The minister affirmed that Syria is living through not civil or religious war, “but confronts the American-Zionist conspiracy,” that seeks to destroy the country. “The plot was developed back in 2006, long before the so-called Arab Spring, after the victory of the Lebanese resistance over Israel and Syria is considered as a full-fledged participant of this victory,” he said.

Omran al-Zoubi urged the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stop arming and funding terrorist groups and Turkey and other neighbouring countries to close the borders in order to prevent the gunmen from infiltrating in Syria. Meanwhile, al-Zoubi pledged that this is Turkey that “will become those gates, from where terrorists will go from Syria to Europe and Jordan will become their gates in the Gulf states.” Therefore, in his words, the Turkish government “acts just silly” and will get many problems in the future with neighbouring countries and inside the country. The Syrian minister also accused the Saudi Arabian government that they inflicted enormous destruction in Syria and are “a large part of aggression against the Syrian people,” creating organizations, which transfer billions of dollars to fund the terrorists. “This is the worst example of observing the human rights in the modern history,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Syrian minister noted that the political agreement, which Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry concluded at the talks in Geneva, proves that “the United States is not the only superpower in the world any longer.”

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