ANKARA Iran mentioned on Thursday that some groups linked to the Islamic State militant group had been involved in the talks in Riyadh to discuss forming a delegation for negotiations on the future of Syria, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Syrian opposition and rebel groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Thursday to discuss forming a unified position against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Some of the terrorist groups linked to Islamic state are involved in the talks … These terrorist groups will not be allowed to choose Syria’s future,” deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said, according to Fars.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi)
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ANKARA Iran said a meeting of Syrian opposition figures in Riyadh will lead to failure of Syrian peace talks among significant Western and Middle Eastern countries, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior official as saying on Thursday.
“The peace talks are an chance to find a political solution to finish the war in Syria … such meetings in Riyadh … are aimed at harming the Vienna talks,” deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told Fars.
“The meeting in Riyadh … will lead to the failure of Vienna peace talks on Syria and it is not element of Vienna agreement.”
Iran’s Sunni regional rival, Saudi Arabia, has invited 65 Syrian opposition figures to gather in Riyadh to try to bring with each other rival groups ahead of subsequent round of Syrian peace talks.
The first two rounds of the Syria peace talks were held in Vienna. In a November meeting on Syria in Vienna, participants agreed on a political procedure top to elections in Syria inside two years, but variations remained on essential concerns such as President Bashar al-Assad’s fate.
The United States, its Gulf allies and Turkey say Assad, whose crackdown on initially peaceful protests in 2011 triggered the war, have to step down as component of any eventual peace deal.
Iran and Russia back the Syrian president, saying that worldwide powers should not impose their political will on Syria.
“Only Syrian people need to choose about their country’s fate,” stated Amirabdollahian, echoing Iran’s official stance.
The disunity among the Syrian opposition has been a hurdle in searching for a peaceful answer to the Syrian war that has killed more than 250,000 men and women and displaced millions.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi Editing by Sandra Maler)
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