11 members of Riyadh opposition group took part in Sochi congress. US, UK, France were represented at Syrian Dialogue Congress in Sochi | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


11 members of Riyadh opposition group took part in Sochi congress. US, UK, France were represented at Syrian Dialogue Congress in Sochi

A total of 11 members of the Syrian opposition’s Riyadh group took part in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on special invitations, the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, said on Tuesday. "About 11 members of the Riyadh group, who received individual invitations, were here in Sochi," he told reporters at a news conference to sum up the results of the congress. "They were here not as representatives of the Riyadh group but as individual delegates who arrived on a special invitation." The envoy said that organizers of the Sochi congress had no plans of excluding anyone from the dialogue.
"More than 50 observers were present at the forum. Thirty four of them were international observers, including 19 - from the United Nations, as well as from the United States, France, the United Kingdom. Regrettably, they were represented at a rather low level," he noted. "Many also wanted to attend the congress as observers but we had to say no to them bearing their role and weight in decision-making within the Syrian settlement." Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that the Western partners had confined themselves to delegating junior from their embassies in Russia. "At least we offered, we are ready for dialogue in any formats and at any levels," he stressed.

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