“The negotiations have not failed yet. The Riyadh delegation isn’t the only delegation participating in the negotiations, there is a delegation from [the government of] Syria and a number of others and the Riyadh delegation isn’t the only one representing the opposition,” al-Haqi said.
Damascus believes the Riyadh delegation in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva is disinterested in the success of the negotiations and the HNC’s decision to halt the talks proves this, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi said.
“It’s obvious that the political position of the delegation from Riyadh is considered a platform for Saudi Arabia and, of course, for those who coordinate with them from Turkey, Qatar, and a range of Western countries. They have no real interest in the success of these negotiations in Geneva. Confirmation of this is the head of the HNC’s announcement in regard to halting the negotiations and the boost in activity of armed groups in Syria that are fulfilling the will of the governments of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar. These groups are attacking the Syrian Army on all fronts,” al-Haqi said.
On Monday, the HNC asked UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to suspend their participation in the ongoing round of talks, blaming Damascus for violating the cessation of hostilities on the ground in Syria.