UAE and Russia on Tuesday called on all Syrian opposition parties to take part in peace talks in Geneva to reach a political solution to the crisis and stem the bloodshed of Syrian civilians.
Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, told a press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, there should be an international and Arab consensus on bringing an end to the Syrian crisis. ‘We should put our differences aside and stop blaming one another,” Shaikh Abdullah said, stressing that the Syrian ordeal was getting worse by the day.
When asked about the situation in Syria, Shaikh Abdullah said that it is an issue of vital concern for all. “We should remember that we have reached this point for several reasons. There have been many opportunities to solve the problem earlier. Today, the situation is more complicated and the number of casualties have increased dramatically.”
Shaikh Abdullah said that there is an agreement between the UAE and Russia to help resolve the crisis in Syria through the Geneva 3 negotiations, which are currently taking place in Switzerland. “It is imperative that countries, despite their conflicting stances, should work together to help resolve the Syrian and other crises in the region,” he said. Both ministers urged the Syrian opposition to participate in the ongoing Geneva 3 talks to reach a deal and stop the bloodshed.
Courtesy: (Gulf News)