29 Jan 2018 12:12

Damascus delegation expects direct talks with opposition during National Dialogue Congress in Sochi - politician

SOCHI. Jan 29 (Interfax) - Riad Tabara, a member of the political bureau of the Syrian National Vow Movement incorporated in the National Progressive Front in the Syrian parliament, expects that government and opposition representatives will have direct contacts during the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on January 30.

The National Progressive Front incorporates the ruling Ba'ath party and a number of other political organizations.

"Yes, sure, we hope this will take place, or otherwise the people wishing to talk wouldn't have come here. Opposition members should understand that we should consolidate around the idea of a unified Syria," Tabara said in reply to a question from Interfax in Sochi on Monday.

"There are plans to divide Syria, and we see this, considering the U.S.' presence in our territory," Tabara said.

The National Vow Movement has brought its own proposals to Sochi; in particular, it plans to raise the issue of Syria's reconstruction, he said.