MOSCOW, November 20 (Sputnik) — Russian President's Special Representative for Africa and the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov and head of Syria's Popular Front for Change and Liberation Qadri Jamil again confirmed the necessity of the soonest peace settlement of the Syrian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in Thursday's statement.
During their consultation in Moscow, Bogdanov and Jamil urged for "the soonest peace settlement of the prolonged crisis in this country [Syria]".
According to the statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin's representative for the Middle East and the head of Syria's Popular Front for Change and Liberation – an umbrella group comprising more than a dozen of domestic Syrian opposition parties – exchanged their opinions on launching an "inclusive inter-Syrian negotiations based on the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012".
The Syrian civil war began in 2011 following anti-government uprisings. Syrian authorities are fighting a number of insurgent groups, including Islamic State extremists.
According to UN estimates, the conflict has claimed some 200,000 lives, while 3.2 million people have been forced to flee the country, 6.5 million are internally displaced and 10.8 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.