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July 19, 2013 10:37 am

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister to Visit Russian Counterpart Amid Peace Conference Efforts

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Syrian Deputy PM Qadri Jamil. Photo: Youtube.

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.

However, no further information was disclosed.

The meeting comes as officials in Moscow and Washington are attempting to organize a peace conference between the Syrian government and foreign-backed armed opposition rebels to end the country’s two-year civil war.

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In June, Syria’s main opposition group said that it will not take part in such talks.

“What is happening in Syria today completely shuts the doors on any discussions about international conferences and political initiatives,” George Sabra, then-head of the opposition National Coalition, said at a press conference in Istanbul.

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Lavrov, after which he said that both countries were working toward holding the conference.

“We agreed that we are both serious, more than serious, committed,” Kerry said, though he admitted there were still differences on the matter between the two countries.

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