High-ranking Syrian and Russian diplomats have met in Geneva to discuss issues related to the talks between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition.
On Wednesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov held a joint press conference at the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva after the meeting.
The Syrian foreign minister said cooperation between Damascus and Moscow was the main theme of the meeting and described the discussions during the session as “fruitful.”
“We had useful and fruitful discussions that focused on the cooperation and coordination between Syria and Russian federation, and I am happy with the results of these discussions,” Muallem stated.
The Syrian foreign minister said issues around the next round of the Geneva II conference, which opened in the Swiss city on February 10, were also discussed during the meeting.
“We also discussed the topics of the Geneva talks, and we see a common understanding between us on how to progress in the talks” in the current talks.
The Russian deputy foreign minister, for his part, highlighted the necessity of finding a political solution to nearly three years of crisis in Syria.
“The moment is crucial and we strongly believe that the political solution is the only way for resolving all problems in Syria, ending violence, fighting terrorism and creating favorable conditions for the future prosperity in Syria,” Gatilov said.
The previous round of the Geneva talks on Syria produced no tangible results in January, with each side blaming the other for the bloody violence in the country.