Al-Jaafrai: We will answer de Mistura’s paper during next round of talks

Geneva, SANA – Bashar al-Jaafari, head of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation at the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, said the atmosphere was positive during the session of talks the delegation held with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura this morning.


Speaking to the reporters following the meeting, al-Jaafari said de Mistura handed the delegation a paper, that will be studied after the delegation returns to Damascus.

Answers to the paper will be put forth in the next round of talks in Geneva, he added.

He pointed out that the Republic delegation is the “only delegation who has submitted an official work paper for these indirect talks brokered by de Mistura since the very first session, whereas we were handed a document only at the end of the second round, our position on which will be put forward at the start of the next round.”

Al-Jaafari started his press briefing with reading out an official statement of condemnation of the terrorist attacks that struck the Belgian capital Brussels on Tuesday, saying Syria stresses that these attacks “an inevitable consequence of the wrong policies and of tolerance for terrorism to realize certain agendas and attempts to legitimize it through trying to classify as “moderate” terrorist groups that are actually but offshoots of the Takfiri Wahhabi doctrine.”

Al-Jaafari said some of the terrorists who carried out the attacks in Brussels had been involved in killing the Syrian people before they returned back to their home countries and to Brussels.

The same goes for the perpetrators of Paris terrorist attacks, he added, noting that the issue of combating terrorism has been resolved internationally and within the counterterrorism subcommittees at the Security Council.

Al-Jaafari highlighted that dozens of reports from these subcommittees confirm that there are tens of thousands of foreign mercenary terrorists that are killing the Syrian people and destroying the infrastructure in Syria and “who, some in the Western world and in some Arab capitals and Turkey, just don’t feel ashamed to call ‘moderate opposition’.”

The Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation to the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva held several sessions with de Mistura, the latest was on Monday during which al-Jaafari described the session as an important as talks dealt in-depth issues that constitute priorities for Syria and the whole world.




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