Syrian armed opposition agrees to attend Astana talks

 Syrian armed opposition agrees to attend Astana talks

The Syrian armed opposition has received an invitation to attend the Syrian settlement talks in Astana in May and neither of opposition groups has voiced against participation in the negotiations, a representative of Syria's armed opposition Fatih Hassoun said.

"We have received an official proposal, and there are arguments in favor of participation in the Astana talks. We have not heard a demand not to go to Astana from any leaders of the armed groups. Vise versa they consider new Russia's proposal as something that could improve the situation on the ground. There are no strong voices opposing attending the talks," Sputnik cited Hassoun as saying.

According to Hassoun, the people of Russia and Syria have a strong connection since the start of forming of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Hassoun said that he hopes that Russia would be a guarantor of the settlement process, not its party.