“We have reasons for optimism as there is a common understanding within the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG),” said Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also Russia’s presidential envoy to the Middle East and North Africa.
The ISSG is co-chaired by the United States and Russia. The group is composed of the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations and 17 countries including China.
Bogdanov called for forming a united group of the Syrian opposition, only with which “direct contact between the Syrian government and the opposition could be possible.”
The United States and Russia agreed on a plan for a cease-fire in Syria that began on Feb. 27. The tentative truce deal has been largely observed, though sporadic violations were reported.
Also on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Saudi Arabia for a visit, reaffirmed that the new round of intra-Syrian talks should go ahead as planned. Enditem