ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Damascus expects UN's Syria envoy will announce the dates of a new round of intra-Syrian talks soon:
"De Mistura is responsible for intra-Syrian talks, and he has been postponing holding the next round, thus postponing the talks that need to be held before the drafting of a new constitution. Therefore, we are still awaiting his decision," Haddad said.
"The Syrian government has been ready for the next round of talks in Geneva for a long time, as soon as [UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan] de Mistura announces them. We are waiting," the official said.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups.
A Syrian government delegation, as well as three opposition groups — the Riyadh-formed High Negotiations Committee, the Moscow-Cairo and the Hmeymim groups have been taking part in the UN-mediated Geneva talks on Syrian reconciliation.