Syrian President Refuses to Talk With Riyadh-Formed 'Terrorist' Opposition

© AFP 2022 / HO / AFP SPAA picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA)on December 10, 2015 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz (R) listening to a member of the Syrian opposition during their meeting in Riyadh.
A picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA)on December 10, 2015 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz (R) listening to a member of the Syrian opposition during their meeting in Riyadh. - Sputnik International
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Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday described the Syrian opposition delegation formed in Saudi Arabia as a group of 'terrorists and traitors' and said he would not negotiate with them.

BEIRUT (Sputnik) — The Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee which was created in Saudi Arabia in December and includes representatives of some groups considered to be terrorist organizations by Syria and Russia, is one of the opposition delegations participating in the UN-brokered talks on the Syrian settlement launched late January and put on hold until February 25.

"No country would agree to maintain dialogue with terrorists, and we will not agree to talk with terrorists either. The delegation formed in Riyadh is a bunch of traitors and terrorists," Assad said in remarks aired by Syrian state television.

In this Sunday, July 26, 2015, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech in Damascus, Syria. - Sputnik International
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The UN Security Council Resolution 2254, passed in December, reaffirms the goals of previous agreements to end the bombardment of civilians in Syria, bring the entire spectrum of political groups in the crisis-torn country to the negotiating table and promote a lasting political resolution of the crisis.

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