Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov’s meeting with a delegation of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee
On May 18, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov held a meeting with a delegation of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (Riyadh Group).
There was an exchange of views on the progress and prospects of the inter-Syrian talks under UN auspices, in particular, in the context of the latest proposals by the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
The Russian side reiterated the need for constructive dialogue by all the parties on all the items of the previously agreed negotiations agenda, including combatting terrorism. The importance of progress on the constitutional issue was stressed, as was the Russian effort to render humanitarian aid to the distressed population of Syria. The parties agreed on the whole with this approach and called for an expanded Russian role in the effort to achieve a settlement in Syria. The Syrian side underscored the usefulness of maintaining regular contacts with Russian representatives as part of the Geneva negotiation process.