Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has expressed his country’s opposition to the idea of a “transitional period” in Syria.
Mekdad was quoted by the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV as speaking in a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran on Tuesday.
He said the Syrian government opposes a political transition sought by Western countries to end the four-year conflict in his country.
“We are talking about a national dialog in Syria and a broad-based government as well as a constitutional process. There is no [talk of a] transitional period in Syria,” the Syrian official said.
He added that no official report has been received yet about a possible meeting between the Syrian government and opposition groups.
Media reports said on Tuesday that representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups could meet in Moscow, Russia, next week.
By Press TV