After quitting talks, Syrian government envoy blames Saudis

 01 Dec 2017 - 19:54

After quitting talks, Syrian government envoy blames Saudis
Syria's U.N. ambassador and chief negociator Bashar al-Ja'afari (R) arrives for a meeting with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria during the Intra Syria talks in Geneva, on December 1, 2017.(AFP / DENIS BALIBOUSE)


BEIRUT: The Syrian government envoy to U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva said on Friday that Saudi Arabia had "mined the way" to the meeting and did not want a political solution to the conflict.

The Syrian government delegation earlier quit the talks in Geneva, blaming the opposition's rejection of any role for President Bashar al-Assad in any interim government.

"Saudi policy is the foundation that got this matter to where it is. They do not want any success for the political, peaceful solution," Bashar al-Ja'afari, who also serves as Syria's U.N. envoy, said in an interview with al-Mayadeen television.

"We cannot engage in serious discussion in Geneva while the Riyadh statement is not withdrawn," Bashar al-Ja'afari said in the interview.