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Syrian govt delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks: SANA

Syrian govt delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks: SANA
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assads negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syrias state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source.

The delegation, led by Bashar al-Jaafari, walked out last week and returned to Damascus. Negotiations resumed on Wednesday without the Syrian government delegation.

The talks began last week and after a few days with little apparent progress, the U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said that the government delegation was returning to Damascus to consult and refresh.

The government delegation blamed its departure on the oppositions uncompromising stance on Assads future. Last month, the opposition drew up a statement in a meeting in Riyadh that rejected any future role for Assad in Syria.

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