Damascus, SANA- Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Wednesday morning received UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen and the accompanying delegation.
Talks during the meeting discussed in details all issues and measures related to preparing for the first meeting of the Committee of Discussing the Constitution which will be held by the end of October in Geneva as both sides underlined the importance of the continued coordination for ensuring the success of the committee’s work and for overcoming all possible obstacles.
The two sides reaffirmed that Syria owns the committee’s work and that the Syrians should lead its work by themselves without any foreign interferences, underlining the necessity of adhering to the rules and measures of the work which had been agreed upon to be a reference for the work of the committee in a way that would guarantee the achievement of the hoped-for goal.
Both sides tackled the latest developments in northeastern Syria and their possible and serious effects on the work of the constitutional committee and on the political track.
Foreign and Expatriates Minister indicated that Syria will continue to face terrorist organizations and the forces which attack its sovereignty and independence, affirming that protecting the Syrian people is the task of the Syrian state and the Syrian Arab Army only and the hostile behavior of the Erdogan’s regime clearly exposes the Turkish expansionist ambitions in the Syrian territories.
He added that this hostile behavior can’t be justified under any pretext and it seriously threatens the work of the constitutional committee and the political track and it prolongs the crisis in Syria.
Pedersen, for his part, briefed Minister al-Moallem on the outcomes of his meetings and contacts with regard to Syria over the past period and with regard to launching the work of the constitutional committee, expressing readiness to exert all possible efforts for achieving what is required from him in framework of his specified tasks
Pedersen expressed deep concern of the Secretary-General and the UN over the last dangerous developments in northeastern Syria and their serious humanitarian consequences, calling for immediately stopping hostilities and getting away from the acts which threaten civilians and undermine Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and undermine stability and endanger the exerted efforts on the political track.