2 Nov 2017 20:31

Moscow Group leader Jamil yet to receive invitation to Syrian Peoples' Congress

MOSCOW. Nov 2 (Interfax) - The head of the opposition's Moscow Group and secretary of Syria's People's Will Party Qadri Jamil said he has yet to receive an invitation to participate in the Syrian Peoples' Congress, but stated his commitment to the dialogue and insisted on holding the congress in Syria.

"We have still not received an official invitation to participate in this forum, despite the fact that our party and [the Popular] Front are on the list posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry's official website," Jamil told reporters.

The coalition party, the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, has also yet to receive an invitation.

"Therefore, we believe it's premature to determine a definitive stance, however, we confirm that it remains unbiased and principled regarding any type of a dialogue," he said.

"We believe it would be preferable to hold this forum in Syria, but obviously this is being hampered by logistical difficulties, as confirmed by media leaks. However, in our opinion, this would not hinder holding the forum in any other place, if suitable conditions are created for it there," Jamil said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier posted on its website a list of 33 Syrian opposition organizations, to which invitations to participate in the Syrian Peoples' Congress in Sochi on November 18 were sent.