Al-Moallem to new UN Special Envoy: Syria ready to cooperate to reach political solution to crisis

Damascus, SANA – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem received United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen and the accompanying delegation.

The meeting dealt with the efforts exerted for making progress in the political track of the crisis in Syria and following up the ideas related to the political process.

Al-Moallem welcomed the new post of Pedersen as United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, expressing Syria’s readiness to cooperate with him to make his task a success in facilitating the intra-Syrian dialogue as to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria, which serves the interest of the country in a way that leads to eradicating terrorism, ending the illegitimate foreign presence all over the Syrian territories, and preserving Syria’s integrity, sovereignty and independence.

For his part, the UN Special Envoy expressed pleasure over visiting Damascus to start his tasks, pointing out that he asked to visit it in order to attentively listen to the Syrian government’s viewpoint for making his task a success and achieving progress in the political track.

Pedersen discussed the meetings he is to hold and the activities he is to do during the upcoming period for activating the political process, stressing that this process should be led by Syria, otherwise it won’t succeed.

Pedersen affirmed that he won’t spare any efforts for reaching a political solution in accordance to the principles stipulated in UN Charter and UNSC resolutions related to Syria, highlighting the UN’s commitment to Syria’s national and territorial unity, independence, and sovereignty.

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