Russia calls for international meeting on Syria next month

Russia says it wants to hold international meeting on Syria in Munich next month

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has called for an international meeting on Syria to taken place in Feburary.

Russia on Thursday callled for an international meeting on Syria, including key players from the West and the Middle East, in Munich on Feb. 11.

"There is an agreement in principle between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry, and now we will propose to all the other participants of the international Syria support group a time and place - Munich, February 11," a Russian news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying.

The call for the meeting of the key international actors in Syria came as opposition groups from the war-torn country met for a third day in Riyadh to decide whether to participate UN-led peace talks with the Syrian regime, with less than 24 hours before negotiations were due to open in Geneva.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told journalists in Moscow on Thursday, a day after meeting Bogdanov, that the talks prooposed by Russia would likely happen on Feb. 11.

High-ranking officials will be heading to Munich next month for an annual security conference which is due to start on Feb. 12.

In 2015, some 17 nations, including the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran, held several rounds of talks in the broadest international push to end the conflict in Syria.

Russia is currently carrying out a bombing campaign in Syria in support of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad as the US is leading a separate coalition targeting DAESH terrorists.

TRTWorld and agencies