(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Riyadh December 09 (QNA) - Syrian opposition groups kicked off unprecedented talks in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday official media said.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir welcomed the delegates to the closed-door meeting and expressed hope for successful talks.The meeting saw a broad participation of Syrian opposition groups inside and outside Syria Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. Representatives of Syria's various political opposition groups and military factions are holding talks for the first since the Syrian war began in 2011.
The United States welcomed the meeting which is the first meeting of its kind toward a potential resolution of the ongoing conflict. "This conference can be an important step in creating momentum for negotiations again under UN auspices of a political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012" US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters. "We're grateful for this meeting that the Saudis have convened and led. We're going to be watching the outcomes" he added. (QNA)