Syrian opposition: Turkey to represent us at Sochi summit

List of Syrian constitutional committee candidates has 150 names — Russian diplomat

During the talks, Jaberi Ansari and the Syrian dissidents exchanged views on the subjects discussed during the Syrian National Dialogue Congress and explored ways to restore peace and security to the war-stricken Syria.

"Iranian forces entered Syria at the request of the Syrian government in order to help the Syrian government in the battle against terrorism", said Jaberi Ansari, who was leading the Iranian delegation to Sochi.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian president Bashar Assad, says it invited 1,600 representatives to the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue but so far only the government and opposition representatives tolerated by it have shown up. The body is expected to operate under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva.

The UN special envoy for the Syria crisis, Staffan de Mistura, was upbeat on Tuesday about the outcome of the just concluded intra-Syria talks in Sochi, Russia, hailing an agreement on the formation of a committee to be tasked to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.

"Staffan de Mistura has all the powers needed, given by the Resolution 2254".

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The main Syrian opposition body - the High Negotiation Committee - has boycotted the conference following two days of UN-led peace talks in Vienna last week. The main result of the congress was the decision to establish a constitutional committee.

The presidents also spoke of the "further coordination of Russian Federation and Turkey's efforts to ensure the stable functioning of de-escalation zones" in Syria established by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation previous year.

Turkey was also said to be bringing representatives of some Syrian armed groups.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian opposition decided not to participate in the Sochi summit and instead announced that Turkey could do it on its behalf, anonymous diplomatic sources said.

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