Saudi minister says Syrian solution requires consensus

Orient Net 2017-11-22 12:45:00

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A Syrian opposition meeting began in Riyadh on Wednesday (November 22) in a bid to unify the group’s position ahead of peace talks backed by the United Nations to end the country’s six-year Assad war.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the only solution to the conflict was through a consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people.

Saudi Arabia backs the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) group whose leader, former Syrian prime minister Riyad Hijab, resigned on Monday (November 20) without explanation.

UN peace talks mediator Staffan de Mistura urged the opposition figures gathered at a five-star hotel in Riyadh that "a strong unified team is a creative partner in Geneva and we need that."

The opposition meeting is set to last until Friday (November 24), when a joint statement is expected.