Syrian opposition rejects Russia-sponsored congress, opposition member says

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 01, 2017 3:44 AM

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad will reject a Russian-sponsored congress of Syrian groups, which amounts to a meeting of "the regime with the regime", a prominent opposition official told Reuters on Wednesday.

The opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) was surprised it had been mentioned in a list of groups invited to the congress scheduled for Nov. 18 in Sochi and would "issue a statement with other parties setting out the general position rejecting this conference", said Mohammad Alloush, an HNC member.

(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Larry King)