De Mistura, Mogherini: Combating terrorism and finding solution to crisis in Syria are interests of all

Geneva, SANA-UN Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura affirmed on Wednesday that priority is to defeat terrorism and find a political solution to the crisis in Syria, saying “all countries have a joint interest in achieving these goals.”

“What has happened in Brussels and Istanbul and in everywhere affirms the need for speeding up efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria,” de Mistura said at a press conference with Feredica Mogherini, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Chief.

He added that the attendance of Mogherini in Geneva before the end of this round of Syrian-Syrian dialogue came in response to his invitation “to assert Europe’s commitment to make this dialogue a success.”

Mogherini, for her part, expressed European Union’s support to the Syrian-Syrian talks in Geneva, affirming that solution to the crisis in Syria is an interest for the Syrians and Europe as well as for the whole world, adding that she discussed with the Syrian sides today issues of dialogue and the support offered by EU to make it a success.

She clarified that the threats that encounter Europe and other regions in the world are linked to the presence of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, adding that confronting this threat in an active way requires a collective work among all states to end the crisis in Syria.

 Mogherini said that she held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and met de Mistura to discuss the best ways through which Europe can support his efforts to have the political process in Syria succeed in light of the International Syria Support Group’s meetings and UN relevant resolutions.

She hoped the political track to resolve the crisis in Syria would start, be active and give outcomes in the interests of the Syrians and Europe.


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