Syria government, opposition set to meet again in Geneva

The Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition will meet in the Swiss city of Geneva to hold the final round of talks on the crisis in Syria.

UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will hold a final meeting with delegations from both sides on Saturday as the negotiations wrap up.

The Syrian government and the opposition have both confirmed that they have been unable to make any progress in the talks.

“We deeply regret that this round did not make any progress,” said Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad after meeting Brahimi on Friday.

He also denounced the Unites States and its allies for their double standards toward terrorism, saying Washington refuses to deem as terrorists the groups that serve its interests in the region.

Damascus says fighting terrorism should be the first priority in the Geneva talks, but the foreign-backed opposition insists that the formation of a transitional government and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.

The Geneva talks aim to contain the bloody crisis that has plagued Syria since March 2011.

By Press TV

 

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