International Syria talks resume this weekend

Published November 10th, 2015 - 06:29 GMT

A new round of international talks aimed at resolving the crisis Syria has been postponed for two days, and will be held in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday, the United States say.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that the next round of negotiations on the conflict in Syria is slated held to be held on November 14, two days later than the date previously announced by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The event will be a continuation of October 30 negotiations in Vienna, which were attended by 17 nations, including Iran, as well as envoys from the United Nations and the European Union.

At the end of the talks, the participants agreed on respecting Syria’s national unity and sovereignty as well as eradicating the terrorist groups operating in the Arab country.

However, they remained at loggerheads over the role President Bashar al-Assad would play in Syria’s political process. While some countries want the removal of the Syrian leader as part of a solution to the issue, Iran and Russia say only the Syrian nation can have a say on that matter.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that the new round of Syria talks should not be based on demands for Assad’s resignation, which he called a “simplistic approach.”

The summit should be instead focused determining what delegates from the Syrian opposition can be allowed to participate, and which groups should be considered as extremists, he added.

Also on Monday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic would participate in the Vienna talks to help find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in the Arab country, urging the participants in the talks to adopt a realistic approach to help resolve the crisis in Syria.

The fighting in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced millions.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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