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Syria's al-Moualem to Head Government Delegation At Peace Talks

Syria’s al-Moualem to Head Government Delegation At Peace Talks

MOSCOW – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem will head a government delegation at peace talks with the country’s opposition later this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Wednesday.

Preparations for the latest efforts to end Syria’s five-year-old civil war have been plagued by complications, including a dispute over who should represent the opposition.

United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday sent out invitations to the talks, which are due to begin in Geneva on Jan 29, without revealing who would take part.

There was no mention of al-Moualem’s role in the negotiations on Syrian state media.
“An invitation from de Mistura was sent to Walid al-Moualem as head of the government delegation,” Gatilov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
Russia has close ties with the Syrian government and opposes calls from the United States and Western powers for its regional ally, President Bashar al-Assad, to step down.

Al-Moualem last met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow in November to discuss efforts to end the war.

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