Syrian government ready to participate in Moscow peace talks: state media – Montreal Gazette
BEIRUT â€” Syrian state media says the government is prepared to attend peace talks that Moscow plans to hold next month.
On Saturday it cited a foreign ministry official as saying that the government is â€œready to participate in preparatory, advisory meetings in Moscowâ€� that would â€œanswer the aspirations of Syrians to find an exit from the crisis,â€� in a series of written messages alerted on television.
State media did not name the foreign official.
Russiaâ€™s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it hoped to host peace talks after Jan. 20 between the Syrian government and its fractured opposition.
Syria is in the fourth year of a conflict that has claimed over 200,000 lives and displaced a third of its population.