Syrian govt. says ready to take part in Moscow-backed congress

BEIRUT - The government in Damascus is ready to take part in a congress of rival Syrian parties that Russia aims to host in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next month, Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari said on Tuesday.
He said during a televised news conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, that the congress was a result of dialogue with Syria's Russian allies and of victories in the field.