Al-Jaafari: Moscow consultative meeting achieved unprecedented breakthrough

Damascus, SANA-Head of the Syrian government’s delegation to the second round of Moscow consultative meeting Bashar al-Jaafari said the meeting has achieved “an unprecedented breakthrough” through adopting a unified paper for the first time between the government delegation and those of the opposition.

“We were able to reach common denominators and outcomes concerning the first item on assessing the status quo in Syria of the five points presented by facilitator Vitaly Naumkin, and we haven’t been able to pass all agenda topics due to the time shortage, taking into consideration the presence of 36 opposition figures,” al-Jaafari told the Syrian TV in an interview broadcast Monday night.Moscow

He added “we had a great commitment to have Moscow meeting succeed because we know the volume of our people’s suffering and their aspiration to gain new things particularly the Geo-political challenges surrounding us are getting bigger as a snow ball.”

Al-Jaafari hailed the great efforts exerted by the Russian side in setting a concordant agenda.

Moscow meeting’s big achievement was bringing the Syrians together for a dialogue, exchanging ideas and holding consultations among them far from any interference, he affirmed.

The Russian facilitator was seeking to bring viewpoints closer, al-Jaafari went on saying, asserting that directing invitation to some parties in the opposition, which are don’t believe in the political solution, was useful as it uncovered their stances and were compelled to withdraw from the meeting.

The Syrian official stressed that coordination between the Syrian and Russian government is being held as friends, while it is not the same among the US, French, Saudi sides.

He pointed out that the next step following Moscow2 meeting will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels, asserting that there will be another step supposed to be held in Moscow too, but no date was set.

“Whenever we reach common denominators about an item we resume the other concordant points until reaching a detailed road map”, he underlined.لقاء موسكو

In regard to implementing the concordant points on the ground, al-Jaafari underscored that the Russians have issued these points as an official document of the Foreign Ministry and to become public and available for everybody.

Al-Jaafari concluded by saying that the political work leads to solutions but these solutions should be deliberated and concordant and they should enhance the citizens’ confidence in the government and state as they care for them and the public interests.

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