(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (KUNA) -- The European Union welcomed Saturday the outcome of the Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on 22-24 November which agreed to form a united inclusive opposition delegation for the UN-led intra-Syrian talks.
"This represents an important milestone for the process to move into real negotiations between the two parties. We send our congratulations to Nasr Hariri, the new General Coordinator and Head of the Negotiating Team. Saudi Arabia's successful efforts in hosting the conference have been instrumental," said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement.
She noted that the opposition now has a unified delegation willing to negotiate without preconditions on the agenda set by the UN.
"The strengthening of women's participation in the opposition delegation is a critical step. This, together with the statement of the three Astana guarantors in Sochi, allows us to now look forward to the next round in Geneva with the strong hope that the way is now paved for concrete decisions between the Syrian parties including on transitional governance, a constitutional process and UN-supervised free and fair elections," she said. (end) nk.mt