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    Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) leader Nasr al-Hariri arrives to take part in a round of negotiations with UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (no pictured), during the Intra Syria talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 16, 2017

    No Full Understanding, But Desire for Dialogue With HNC - Russian Deputy FM

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    Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov said that Russia's attempt to explain the essence of the Astana process on Syria to the Riyadh-based High Negotiations Committee opposition group in Geneva was not met with full understanding.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) Russia's attempt to explain the essence of the Astana process on Syria to the Riyadh-based High Negotiations Committee (HNC) opposition group in Geneva was not met with full understanding, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov said.

    "I cannot say that all our arguments are accepted by the HNC delegation. But there is desire to continue contacts," Gatilov said Friday.

    He noted the importance of achieving a de-escalation of hostilities in Syria, which he stressed would help advance the political process.

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