Syrian Deputy FM: No Transitional Period in Syria

Syrian Deputy FM: No Transitional Period in Syria
Tue Nov 3, 2015 19:31:35

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has expressed his country’s opposition to the idea of a "transitional period" in Syria.

Mekdad was quoted by the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV as speaking in a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran on Tuesday.

He said the Syrian government opposes a political transition sought by Western countries to end the four-year conflict in his country.

"We are talking about a national dialog in Syria and a broad-based government as well as a constitutional process. There is no [talk of a] transitional period in Syria," the Syrian official said.

He added that no official report has been received yet about a possible meeting between the Syrian government and opposition groups.

Media reports said on Tuesday that representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups could meet in Moscow, Russia, next week; Press TV reported.

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