Mogherini: Syrian regime reluctant to take part in political process

BRUSSELS, European Union foreign ministers began a formal meeting in Luxembourg Monday with the focus on developments in Syria and relations with Iran and Russia.

“The main highlight of the day will be Syria,” EU High Representative Federica Mogherini told reporters ahead of the meeting.

She noted that today’s meeting would prepare for the Brussels conference on Syria next week so that it can be an opportunity to re-launch the UN-led political process.

“I had the opportunity to discuss this yesterday with (UN special envoy to Syria) Staffan de Mistura and all our Arab partners in Saudi Arabia where I was invited to the opening of the League of Arab States summit,” she noted.

Mogherini said the people of Syria are “fed of conflict and war and that might give the push for serious negotiations.

“We have always seen reluctance from the Syrian regime to enter into meaningful negotiations in Geneva,” she said, calling on Iran and Russia to exercise their influence on Damascus to start serious and meaningful discussions under the UN-led process in Geneva.

The meeting will discuss the situation in Iran, as the EU member states will reiterate their strong commitment to the full implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran by all sides, she pointed out.

The EU ministers will also review relations with Russia, she added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency