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Syrian opposition willing to participate in talks

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 11:17pm IST | Agency: IANS

Visiting Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba said here Wednesday that his organisation is willing to participate in the third round of peace talks of the Geneva II conference, should the Syrian government shows sincerity.

Jarba, the head of the National Coalition of Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, made the remarks during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, Xinhua reported.

"This is the first time for us to visit China and we have pinned our hopes on it," Jarba told Wang.

He said he appreciated China's efforts in promoting the solution of the Syrian crisis, which has entered the fourth year and brought suffering to Syrian people and dealt a huge blow to regional peace and stability.

"The current situation in Syria has reached a new critical moment," Wang said.

"The international community has been expecting a third round of peace talks and China would like to contribute," he said.

Calling the visit of the national coalition "a good opportunity", Wang said the two sides could have an in-depth discussion on the Syrian issue.

He said the top priority for all parties of Syria is to take the whole picture of the nation into consideration, ceasefire and stop violence as soon as possible, and push forward an inclusive political transition.

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