Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr al-Hariri and accompanying delegation met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Jordanian capital Amman on Wednesday.
Hariri stressed the need for a firm international stance towards the Assad regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons and for confronting Iran’s growing influence in Syria.
In a statement released following the meeting, the Commission said that the meeting came “amidst agreement on majority of the core issues in Syrian.”
Hariri warned that the Syrian people are losing faith in the negotiating process because of the intransigence of the Assad regime and its obstruction of efforts to find a political solution. He stressed that “the integrity of Syrian territory is a concern for all Syrians.”
Hariri also stressed that the implementation of UN resolutions regrading a political transition is the guarantor of the sustainability of the political process and the achievement of its goals. He also underscored the need for “real support for the Syrian opposition which is showing full cooperation and responding positively with the efforts of the international community.”
For his part, Tillerson expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate with the Commission to push the political process forward. He also stressed the need for Russian cooperation for the success of the political process by bringing the Assad regime to the negotiating table and the need for Iran to stop its military and political interference in Syria.
According to the Commission’s statement, Tillerson said that Washington is working seriously with Moscow on confidence-building measures in line with UN resolutions to address the issue of detainees and ensure humanitarian access to the besieged areas.
He pointed out that the United States is seeking to restart the political process, praising the Commission’s serious efforts to find a solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people. Tillerson stressed that the reconstruction process in Syria is contingent on the success of the political process and the creation of a neutral environment.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue consultations and hold more technical meetings to secure real support for the Syrian opposition that is needed to help reach a political solution; stop the deterioration of the overall situation in Syria; and bring about a political transition in accordance with UN resolutions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)