The Syrian government is willing to hold national talks to end the conflict if the opposition abandons weapons and sets no pre-conditions, Syrian Arab News Agency said, citing a state television interview with the Information Minister.
Initial efforts at national dialogue must include the “widest possible spectrum” of Syrians, Omran al-Zoubi was cited as saying by state media. None of those who participate in talks “will be harmed,” the news service said.
Opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib said earlier this month that he was open to a dialogue with members of President Bashar al-Assad’s government subject to conditions, including the release of 160,000 detainees. He said he was ready to meet Assad’s deputy, Farouk al-Shara, because since the start of the crisis he “has seen that things were going in the wrong direction.”
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