Russia praises resignation of head of Syrian opposition, says it is essential for unity
Nov 21, 2017 World 2 2576 By Barakat Husseini
- Russia praises resignation of head of Syrian opposition, says it is essential for unity.
- Promises to support efforts from Saudi Arabia in restoring peace in Syria.
- Calls on other opposition leaders to resign.
The Russian government has stated that the resignation of senior opposition leaders would go a long way in restoring unity both internally and externally in the war
torn country. This message was disclosed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday morning.
This message comes shortly after the head of Syria's main opposition announced his resignation.
“The retreat of radically minded opposition figures from playing the main role will make it possible to unite this motley opposition - internal and external - on a more reasonable, realistic and constructive platform,” Russia’s Rossiya 24 state television showed Lavrov saying at a news briefing.
“We will support the efforts made by Saudi Arabia in this respect.”
This news comes after Riyad Hijab, the head of Syria's main opposition bloc, has resigned before a conference scheduled in Saudi Arabia aimed at "unifying" various groups opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He announced his decision to step down on Monday, without explaining the reasons for his move.
"After close to two years of hard work to preserve the glorious principles of the Syrian revolution [...] I find myself forced to announce my resignation from the HNC, wishing it good luck, and wishing peace and security to my beloved country, Syria," Hijab said in a statement posted on social media.