On Sunday, the foreign ministry in Damascus said Syria “is ready to continue the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions, in the hopes that this dialogue will lead to a comprehensive solution.”
“Syria … is ready to continue the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions … and without foreign interference, with the support of the United Nations,” state news agency SANA quoted an official in the foreign ministry as saying.
The UN hopes to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva in August. Previous rounds of talks this year broke down as fighting escalated.
This statement was published as Assad regime’s airstrikes have put four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Aleppo out of action in the past 24 hours, in addition to airstrikes on several neighborhoods in Aleppo killing many civilians.
Previous rounds of talks this year broke down as Assad regime attacks on rebel-held areas escalated, particularly around Aleppo. Assad regime forces have recently cut off the only road into rebel-held areas of the divided northern city.
The United States and Russia, which back opposing sides in the conflict, are meanwhile to discuss an American proposal for closer military cooperation and intelligence-sharing on Syria to combat extremist groups.
Secretary of State John Kerry said this month that Washington and Damascus ally Moscow had reached a common understanding on the steps needed to get Syria’s peace process back on track.