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Qatari foreign minister talks with Syrian opposition

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met with a delegation from the Syrian opposition on the sidelines of the UNGA.

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Qatar has emphasized the necessity of using diplomatic channels to resolve Syria’s ongoing issues, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

On the fringes of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met with a delegation from the Syrian opposition.

Syria’s President of the National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Salem al-Meslet, and the head of the opposition mission to the UNGA, Anas al-Abda, were among the delegation’s members.

“Sheikh Mohammed reiterated Qatar’s position of having a political resolution to the Syrian crisis in line with the Geneva I statement and UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and stressed the importance of reaching a comprehensive ceasefire that contributes to facilitating the delivery of aid inside Syria,” a statement by the Gulf state’s foreign ministry expressed.

The conference came after Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, delivered a strong speech at the assembly on Tuesday, in which he urged the international community not to leave Syria.

“A decade has passed since the crisis in Syria, which began with a peaceful uprising and turned into a humanitarian catastrophe due to the war that the Assad regime waged on its own people and the armed extremist powers that used the situation,” said Sheikh Tamim.

Qatar has reiterated its refusal to normalize relations with the Assad regime, as well as its refusal to allow it to rejoin the Arab League.

“There may come a day when we remember this neglect of human suffering from injustice with great regret,” noted the Qatari leader, adding that the crisis can be resolved with the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2254.

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