Russian foreign minister, Syrian rebel leader to meet

Moscow, Jan 31 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet leader of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Ahmed al-Jarba, in Moscow Feb 4, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.

The first meeting between the two was held in Paris Jan 12.
“I understand that first of all, you are concerned about the fate of motherland. The fate of the Syrian people is not indifferent for us,” Lavrov said.
Another meeting between Lavrov and al-Jarba was held within the Geneva II peace conference on Syria in Montreux, Switzerland.
“The Russian foreign ministry’s press service confirmed that the Syrian National Coalition delegation led by Ahmed al-Jarba will arrive in Moscow. The visit is being held within Russia’s active contacts with all representatives of the Syrian opposition in order to achieve the mutually acceptable political settlement within the inter-Syrian dialogue launched in Geneva Jan 22,” the ministry said.
Earlier, in Paris, Lavrov met an SNC delegation that wanted to visit Moscow upon completion of the first round of the inter-Syrian talks in Geneva, the ministry said.