Syrian Opposition Comes to Saudi Arabia for Peace Talks on Syria

Syrian opposition figures will gather in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that analysts expect will be more willing to compromise on key demands.

The meeting comes as Turkey, Iran, and Russia hold top-level talks in the Black Sea resort city Sochi, pressing their diplomatic dash to resolve Syria’s six-year conflict.

Around 140 opposition members from a wide range of platforms will gather for three days of talks at the invitation of the Saudi foreign ministry.

Among them are members of the Istanbul-based National Coalition, independent figures, and members of the Cairo and Moscow groups, who are seen as more favourable to the regime.

Attendees will “form a single negotiating delegation” to UN-led peace talks, Hadi al-Bahra, a member of the National Coalition’s politburo, told AFP from Riyadh.

“The goal is to activate the stalled Geneva political process,” said Bahra.

The United Nations has called for talks in the Swiss city on 28 November.

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