Minister: Syria to decide soon on peace talk participation

May 22, 2013 19:30


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MOSCOW - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Wednesday that President Bashar Assad's government would decide soon whether to take part in peace talks with the opposition, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.

Asked whether the Syrian government had committed to a Russian-US effort to hold a peace conference, Mekdad told Itar-TASS: "We are still discussing this question."

"A final decision will be taken after our return to Damascus," Mekdad said following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

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