No Role for Saudis, Qataris in Syria Talks

No Role for Saudis, Qataris in Syria Talks
No Role for Saudis, Qataris in Syria Talks

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ruled out the possibility that Syrians will allow Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the upcoming Syria peace talks, but noted that Turkey can play a positive role if it abandons the policy of disintegrating Syria.

In an interview with Tasnim News Agency published on Saturday, the head of IRGC Public Relations Department, Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif, said the Syrian nation will definitely disapprove of the presence of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the process of peace talks.

Sharif said Saudi and Qatari governments have been spearheading logistical, financial and media support for terrorist groups that have been wreaking havoc on Syria for six years.

But on Turkey, the general said Ankara can begin to play a positive role by revising its previous policies and respecting Syria's legitimate government, pointing to Turkey's recent coordination with Iran and Russia in the Syria peace efforts.

He also underlined that the main purpose of the axis of resistance, including the IRGC, is to maintain Syria's territorial integrity and national unity.

The spokesman noted that IRGC's ultimate goal is "liberating the holy city of Beit-ul-Moqaddas" in Palestine, stressing that all tactics and efforts are aimed at countering Israel.

"The battle against terrorist groups in Syria is just impeding the mission to liberate Beit-ul-Moqaddas from Israeli control," he said.

Sharif's comments came after the announcement of a ceasefire in Syria, which excludes the self-styled Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist groups.

The truce, which went into effect on Thursday night, will be followed by a new round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including IS, currently controlling swathes of the Arab country.


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