December 25, 2015 / 11:14 AM / 2 years ago

Qatar says opposes creation of opposition lists before Syria peace talks

MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah said on Friday he opposed the creation of lists of opposition before peace talks on Syria.

“We are against the absolute classification of groups. What is more important is to understand the logic behind why these groups took up arms, their aims and motives,” he told reporters at a news conference with his Russian counterpart in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was crucial to ensure that the widest circle of opposition members take part in future talks to end Syria’s civil war. (Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow and Mostafa Hashem in Cairo; Writing by Yara Bayoumy and Polina Devitt; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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