GENEVA (Sputnik) – Interference on the part of Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the intra-Syrian talks complicates the process, one of the leaders of the moderate Syrian opposition told reporters.
"It complicates the talks. These are the intra-Syrian talks. Why do Riyad and Turkey [interfere]? Syrians must be independent," one of the leaders of Syria’s Popular Front for Change and Liberation, Qadri Jamil, told reporters.
On Thursday, the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC said via Twitter that the Saudi Ministry of Defense stands ready to deploy ground troops to Syria to aid in the international anti-Daesh coalition efforts.
The Russian Defense Ministry said previously it had "serious grounds" to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion in Syria.
Qadri represents an Syrian opposition group formed after talks in Moscow and Cairo. The Saudi-backed opposition group signaled its willingness, then withdrew from the negotiating table.
The Saudi-backed group was criticized for setting preconditions before joining the talks, despite de Mistura launching the dialogue on January 29 without preconditions.