x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Jordan to host 'Friends of Syria' next week: ministry

Jordan will host a meeting of the so-called "Friends of Syria" group next week to discuss latest developments in the civil war.

AMMAN // Jordan will host a meeting of the so-called "Friends of Syria" group next week to discuss latest developments in the civil war.

The UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah, and "the foreign ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United States, Britain, France, Turkey, Germany and Italy will hold a meeting in Amman in mid-next week", said Sabah Rafei, a spokeswoman Jordan's foreign ministry.

"This meeting will follow up on previous meetings in Istanbul and Abu Dhabi to discuss the unfortunate events in Syria and coordinate positions in line with the recent US-Russian agreement to revive the political path to tackle the crisis."

Washington and Moscow have proposed a peace conference between the Syrian regime and the opposition in the coming weeks to find a political solution to the country's civil war.

But France warned yesterday that the proposed foreign-backed peace conference would be "very difficult" to organise.

A diplomatic source said a meeting of top officials from the United States, France and Britain will take place on Thursday, with Russia and China joining the talks a day later. It is still unknown where these talks will be held.