Published: Thu, February 01, 2018

Syria talks agree to set up constitution committee

Syria talks agree to set up constitution committee

Ansari added that Iran called on Turkey to urge the different opposition groups to attend the conference, however it appeared that Turkey's influence was limited.

The two leaders also discussed the outcome of a Russian-sponsored conference on reaching peace in Syria, held this week in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

A final statement said the Syrian National Dialogue Congress "affirmed respect and full commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria", according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.

He emphasized that the achievement at Sochi will be a contribution to the UN-led Geneva process for Syria.

Representatives from various countries and global organizations were also invited as observers of the congress. Russia, Iran and Turkey, guarantors of a Syrian cease-fire regime, were organizers of the congress.

Russian Federation had reiterated that Sochi talks are not an alternative to the Geneva talks but as a booster to the United Nations peace process.

Russian Federation has faced questions over its role as peacemaker.

Sochi hosted talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in the hope of paving the way for a peaceful settlement of the seven-year conflict gripping Syria.

About 1,600 delegates representing organizations approved by the Syrian government also participated in the conference. The barbaric shelling of civilians has not stopped.

The main aim of the talks starting at 10am will be to establish a committee to create a post-war constitution for Syria with UN-backing, according to a draft statement seen by AFP.

The new body is expected to meet in Geneva and work under the UN.

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