Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali
Haidar said that the US is “seriously thinking about opening channels with Damascus”
following his meeting with UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus on
Haidar, however, added that “it is too early to talk about that, especially since the
US has not ceased supporting the opposition politically and in the media,” Russia
Today quoted him as saying in a press conference.
Haidar’s comments came the same day Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sacked
Deputy Premier Qadri Jameel for conducting unauthorized meetings abroad, an implicit
reference to Jameel’s meeting with US point man for Syria Robert Ford on Saturday to
discuss proposed Geneva peace talks.
The Syrian Minister rejected Brahimi’s suggestion to unite the Syrian opposition’s
representatives in Geneva II because the internal opposing factions have radical
differences with the coalition which has set preconditions to attend the conference.
Source: Islam Times