UN - Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has met with members of the Syria opposition in the capital Damascus.
The opposition ' s participation in the upcoming peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva was among the most important issues discussed during the Tuesday meeting. On the same day, Brahimi also held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al - Muallem. He arrived in Damascus on Monday as part of a Middle East tour to muster support for the long - awaited Geneva meeting, which is scheduled to be held in November. The planned conference, known as the Geneva 2, was proposed by Russia and the US on May 7. The date of the long - delayed event has changed many times as Syria ' s foreign - backed opposition coalition remains divided over participating in the meeting. On Sunday, more than twenty foreign - backed militant groups fighting against the Syrian government rejected the Geneva 2 conference. “We announce that the Geneva 2 conference is not, nor will it ever be our people ' s choice, ” the groups said in a statement read out by the Suqour al - Sham(Falcons of the Levant) Brigade chief, Ahmed Eissa al - Sheikh, in a video posted online. The militant groups also warned that anyone who attends the Geneva 2 peace talks would be committing “treason, and … would have to answer for it before our courts. ” On October 24, President Bashar al - Assad cast doubt on the success of the upcoming meeting as “factors are not yet in place” for the event.
“Which forces are taking part? What relation do these forces have with the Syrian people? Do these forces represent the Syrian people, or do they represent the states that invented them? ” he asked.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the US and Saudi Arabia, along with their Western and regional allies, are supporting the Takfiri groups operating inside the country. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.