Pompeo meets de Mistura in Washington

Orient Net 2018-08-16 06:43:00

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday ( August 15) with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Washington.

Pompeo and de Mistura agreed that all parties in Syria “needed to move ahead on the political track,” the State Department said in a statement.

The two men also agreed "that any discussion of reconstruction was premature absent a political solution leading unalterably to both constitutional reform and free and fair elections," the State Department added.

Pompeo and de Mistura also stressed the need to prevent a humanitarian crisis from emerging in Idlib.

"Secretary Pompeo made clear that while the United States supports the return of refugees to Syria, it must only occur when the environment in Syria is sufficiently safe and secure and with the involvement of relevant UN agencies," the statement concluded.