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Yesterday, White smoke escalated with regard to the completion of the agreement of the Constitutional Debate Committee, following the talks held by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Walid Al-Moallem with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria, Mr. Pederson.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants met in Damascus yesterday with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria, Nader Pederson and the accompanying delegation, which is visiting Syria, his fourth since taking office this year, succeeding Stefan de Mistura.
During the meeting, according to the agency «SANA» news «discuss the formation of the Committee to discuss the Constitution and mechanisms and procedures of work, where the views were agreed between the two sides that the constitutional process is a Syrian matter and belongs to the Syrians alone and that only the Syrian people is entitled to lead this process and report Its future without any external interference and in accordance with its interests ».
The two sides stressed the importance of continuous coordination to ensure the success of the mission of the Special Envoy to facilitate the Syrian-Syrian dialogue and facilitate the work of the Committee to discuss the constitution and to help restore security and stability to all Syrian territory and preserve the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.
“The talks took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere, where significant progress has been made and closer to the completion of the agreement of the committee to discuss the constitution,” she said.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Faisal Al-Miqdad, Assistant Minister Ayman Sousan and Director of the Special Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Mohammad Al-Omrani.
In a statement to reporters after the meeting, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria described his talks with Al-Moallem as “very good”, according to the website of Russia Today.
Pedersen stressed that the meeting with the teacher «made progress», pointing out that «talk about any results could be after the second meeting scheduled for this day (Wednesday) with the Minister of Foreign Affairs» and expatriates.
“I think we will make progress soon, and I think we are very close to reaching an agreement on the formation of the constitution committee,” Pederson told reporters in Moscow, according to the Sputnik news agency.
“We also discussed the situation in Idlib and we all hope that stability will be restored and that the (Russian-Turkish) agreement will come into effect.”
Pedersen arrived in Damascus on Sunday for talks with Syrian officials focused on the file of the committee to discuss the constitution after discussing in Beirut the general situation and the affairs of the Syrian displaced in Lebanon.
“I am delighted to be back in Damascus and hope that we can push the political process forward with the Constitutional Committee as a door open, and we can find a way to end the violence in Idlib,” Biderson said in a tweet on Twitter. Work on detainees, abductees and missing persons “.
“I look forward to constructive discussions on how to move the political process forward, namely the formation of the constitutional committee,” Pedersen said in a brief statement to reporters upon arrival at his residence in a Damascus hotel.
Biderson’s visit to Damascus comes after a visit to Moscow on Thursday, where he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On the other hand, the Special Representative of the Russian President for Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, said that the meeting of the formula of Astana on the crisis in Syria will be held on August 1 and 2 next in the Kazakh capital of Sultan.
“The date of the meeting is specific and agreed upon with all concerned parties that may participate in the talks, the first and second of next August at Sultan,” Bogdanov told Sputnik.
Bogdanov added: “There are specific ideas and concrete open the way to agree on the final form on the formation of the Constitutional Committee and the third third of them,” pointing out that he had consultations with the UN special envoy to Syria, Mr. Pederson in Moscow.

Translated from Alwatan News Syria

Moscow: «Astana» the first of August and there are ideas that open the way for agreement … Teacher and Pederson talks «very positive» and an agreement on the principles «constitutional»

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