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    Bashar Jaafari, the head of the Damascus delegation, stated that the Damascus delegation at the intra-Syria talks will welcome any awareness in western capitals on the issue of fighting terrorism in Syria seriously.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – The issue of direct talks with the Syrian opposition was not raised with the government delegation to the intra-Syria talks directly or indirectly, Bashar Jaafari, the head of the Damascus delegation, said Friday.

    "This is something that has not been raised with us, neither directly nor indirectly, " Jaafari told reporters when asked whether his delegation had discussed with the United Nations the issue of direct talks.

    The Damascus delegation at the intra-Syria talks will welcome any awareness in western capitals on the issue of fighting terrorism in Syria seriously, according to Jaafari.

    "Any awakening in any western capitals would be something that we will welcome. Any serious return to fighting against terrorism will be welcomed, " Jaafari said, commenting on statements made by US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on the issue, as well as those of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Bashar Jaafari also expressed his concerns over a "severe" deterioration of the humanitarian situation due to the actions of the international US-led coalition.

    "I would like to express our concern about the military operations carried by the so-called international coalition, specifically in Raqqa and Tabqa. These military operations have led to a severe deterioration of a humanitarian situation. When we talk about humanitarian situation, of course I basically mean civilians, " Jaafari said.


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