Media: Riyadh and the UN begin to incline towards Russia’s plan on the settlement of the Syrian issue

Washington, January 9. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel-al-Jubair held a meeting with a delegation of Syrian opposition leaders fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on December 24 to inform them that Riyadh would stop providing military support to them. This was reported on Monday with reference to sources among representatives of the Syrian opposition by magazine Foreign Policy.
During the meeting, Jubair said that opposing Assad insurgents should concentrate their efforts on concluding political agreements with Damascus at the Congress of the Syrian national dialogue in Sochi in January, according to two informed sources. The head of the Saudi Foreign Ministry also expressed the opinion that if the oppositionists are better prepared for consultations in Sochi, they will create more optimal conditions for concluding an agreement on a political transition.
As noted by Foreign Policy, this step of Saudi Arabia highlights the success of Russian diplomatic efforts to set up the future of Syria after the end of the war there. From the point of view of the publication, the Russian plan begins to compete with the official process under the aegis of the United Nations, which has been going on for five years in Geneva. The World Organization is currently thinking about participating in the Russia’s plan, and the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, without undue publicity, wants to take a seat at the negotiating table in Sochi and pushes Saudi Arabia and the Syrian opposition to participate in these consultations.
At the same time, as the newspaper notes, the parallel diplomatic process is exactly what is going on now, as Washington is taking second place in the matter of political settlement in Syria.

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