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Syria recognizes importance of Vienna talks statement: Foreign minister

Iran Press TV

Sun Nov 1, 2015 2:4PM

Syria says it recognizes the importance of many points included in the final statement of the recent high-profile talks held in Vienna for the restoration of peace in the war-ravaged country.

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem was speaking in a meeting with the United Nations special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in the capital, Damascus on Sunday.

Mualem reiterated that the fight against "terrorism" must be regarded as the top priority for finding a solution to the Syria crisis.

The Syrian official, however, expressed surprise that the Vienna final statement stops short of obliging countries supporting terrorism to implement the UN Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism measures.

Mualem said Syria is combating terrorism, stressing the significance of Russia's operations against terrorists wreaking havoc on the country.

On September 30, Russia launched its airstrikes against Takfiri terrorists in Syria upon a request by Damascus.

The Syrian foreign minister noted that every measure which is taken for fighting terrorism should be coordinated with the Syrian government.

Mualem said that Syria is ready to cooperate with the UN envoy in the fight on terrorism and launching a dialogue between the government and the opposition.

The UN envoy, for his part, presented a detailed review of the Vienna talks and highlighted the main points factored in the joint statement issued following the talks.

Syria's Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad and Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan were among the officials present in the meeting.

In a joint statement at the end of the Vienna talks on October 30, the participants said 'substantial differences remain' but it was 'imperative to accelerate all diplomatic efforts to end the war.'

According to the statement, the participants called on the UN to bring together representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition to launch 'a political process leading to credible, inclusive, non-sectarian governance, followed by a new constitution and elections.'

Representatives from Iran, the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Russia, Jordan, Britain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Lebanon, China and Oman attended the talks.

Envoys from the United Nations and the European Union were also present at the meeting.

The foreign-backed militancy in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has so far claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced millions.

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