Moscow welcomes the decision made by Riad Hijab, the head of the High Negotiations Committee, to come with his delegation to Geneva to take part in intra-Syrian talks, even though these talks will not be direct but will be held through UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.
"Thank God they are flying to Geneva, because they've been hesitating until lately. If they come, this is good for launching the negotiating process, but the issue of direct negotiations has never been brought up, and de Mistura has always planned to hold negotiations by proxy, that is, to communicate alternately with each of the delegations, the government and the opposition," Gatilov told Interfax.
"De Mistura expects basically that the first round would last for one week, but everything will depend on the attitude and political will with which all negotiating teams are going to come to Geneva," he said.
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