Syrian opposition leader expects positive results

Anas Al-Abdah
Updated 23 November 2017
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Syrian opposition leader expects positive results

RIYADH: A three-day conference of Syrian opposition leaders in Riyadh will yield positive results, Anas Al-Abdah, president of the Syrian National Coalition, said Wednesday just before it began.
Riyadh is hosting the conference in an effort to unify Syrian opposition ranks ahead of the resumption of direct negotiations in Geneva under UN supervision.
Al-Abdah said representatives from 35 countries are attending the Riyadh meeting, telling Arab News: “It’s a good opportunity for our voice to be heard at regional and international levels.”
He added that the first session will be addressed by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, followed by the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.
The delegates will discuss the formation of a unified negotiating team, a just political solution to the Syrian conflict, and post-war reconstruction, Al-Abdah said.
The next few weeks could witness developments in the US stance on the issue, he added. The Kingdom believes President Bashar Assad should have no role in Syria’s future.


Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’

Updated 22 October 2018
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Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’

LONDON: Turkey has said it does not want to hurt its relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara: "Saudi Arabia is for us an important country, a brotherly and friendly country. We have many partnerships and we would not want these to be damaged."

Kalin added: "Rather than making it an issue between the two countries, there has been a determination for the incident to be brought to light."

More to follow.