BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:05 A.M.) – Leader of the Law–Citizenship–Rights Movement political party, Haytham Manna, praised the opportunity for all involved parties to finally hold direct talks at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on Monday.
Manna stressed that, “Any breakthrough that can be carried out for the sake of strengthening the political solution, we view as a move forward.” He went on to say that the congress is “a step forward that was not implemented in Geneva”, for it has given the opportunity for all involved parties to communicate face-to-face. Manna said, “We sit in front of each other, arguing with each other, shouting at each other, talking well with each other, talking frankly.”
The Law–Citizenship–Rights Movement (QMH) is a democratic political party founded in 2015 in northern Syria.
The Syrian National Dialogue Congress is taking place between January 29 and 30. Around 1,600 delegates representing the entire spectrum of Syria’s political, civil and ethno-confessional forces have been invited to participate in the congress.
More than 1,300 people from Syria are reportedly attending the congress, including representatives of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and the National Progressive Front.
Representatives of the internal opposition from Damascus are reportedly also in attendance. Some 300 members of the external opposition are reportedly participating, including the ‘Moscow Platform’ and ‘Astana Platform.’ A special group of the so-called ‘reconciled’ illegal armed groups has also been invited to the congress.