Opposition to Riyadh Meeting on Syria

Opposition to Riyadh Meeting on Syria

The Foreign Ministry dismissed a Saudi-hosted conference attended by Syrian militant groups and opposition figures, stressing that terrorists will not be allowed to decide the future of Syria. “We do not approve of the Riyadh meeting,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday. “Terrorists will never be allowed to present themselves as moderate opposition and formulate the future of Syria and the region.”  Stressing that some groups linked to the Islamic State terrorist group attended the conference, Amir-Abdollahian said the United Nations is responsible for identifying who constitutes opposition or terrorist, Press TV reported. The two-day Riyadh event was held on Wednesday and Thursday in an attempt to unify Syria opposition groups before potential negotiations with the government of President Bashar al-Assad. In a statement issued at the end of the Riyadh meeting, the participants agreed to negotiate with the Damascus government but insisted President Assad must step down at the start of a political transition set out last month in Vienna.

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