Assad meets his delegation to Geneva II conference

Damascus, Jan 21: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met his official delegation to the Geneva II peace conference aimed at resolving the nation’s long-running crisis.

Assad urged the delegation to preserve Syria’s sovereignty, reject foreign intervention and put the interests of the Syrian people in the first place, Xinhua reported.

The Geneva II peace conference will open Jan 22 in Switzerland with the participation of both the Syrian government and the opposition.

Earlier Monday, the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition umbrella group in exile, suspended its decision to participate in the conference following the UN’s invitation to Iran.

The Western-backed coalition said repeatedly that it refuses Tehran’s participation due to its supportive stance to the Assad administration.

IANS