October 31, 2017 / 4:46 PM / a year ago

Syrian govt says ready to take part in Moscow-backed congress

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The government in Damascus is ready to take part in a congress of rival Syrian parties that Russia aims to host in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next month, Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari said on Tuesday.

He said during a televised news conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, that the congress was a result of dialogue with Syria’s Russian allies and of victories in the field.

Reporting By Angus McDowall; editing by John Stonestreet

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