Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Walid Al-Moallem and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria, Mr. Pederson, reviewed the efforts exerted in the political process. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants said in a brief statement on the meeting: “The ongoing efforts to make progress on the track To resolve the crisis in Syria, and to complete consultations on the political process, including the Committee to discuss the Constitution ».
According to the official SANA news agency, Al-Muallem listened to a presentation by the Special Envoy on his activities since his last visit to Damascus last month.
“We have had detailed and important discussions, and we will continue the discussion this afternoon,” Biderson told reporters in front of his residence in a Damascus hotel after meeting with the teacher, according to news agencies, referring to another meeting he was scheduled to hold with Syrian officials yesterday. “It’s fair to say that we are now addressing all the issues … and they are all on the table,” Pederson said.
Al-Watan was unable to communicate with an official source to find out the results of the Pederson talks at the Foreign Ministry. A diplomatic source in the UN mission also refused to talk to al-Watan about the outcome of the talks.
Apart from the Russian statements and the expectations that preceded the visit of Pedersen that the formation of the Committee to discuss the Syrian constitution is “almost completed,” the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and statements by the UN envoy that the negotiations to form is still ongoing.
Media reports said yesterday that if Pederson completed the formation of the committee to discuss the constitution, this is expected to take place at the meeting of the representatives of the guarantors of the Astana process scheduled for 25 of this month. The announcement of the formation of the committee from the gate of Geneva to suggest that the course of Geneva and the care of the United Nations Are still central to the Syrian political process.
On the other hand, the United States, and Western allies have confirmed that «they were disappointed», news of the return of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs «OCHA», from the Jordanian capital, Amman to its headquarters in Damascus, although the Syrian state This south has been restored and there is no longer any justification for the existence of the “office” in Amman, ostensibly for the provision of cross-border assistance to the Syrians.
“We were disappointed by the arrangement of the donors in Amman and Beirut without prior consultation with the United Nations,” according to a draft paper drafted by Washington and its allied capitals, according to London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
A few days ago, media reports confirmed that OCHA’s main office in Amman had begun logistical procedures to return to Damascus, “given that the largest number of people eligible for assistance are now within the control areas of the regime.”