Staffan de Mistura. File photo
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Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, U.N. special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, held a meeting with leaders from the Syrian armed opposition to discuss possible solutions to the nearly 5-year-long crisis, opposition military sources reported.
Issam ar-Rayyes, spokesman of the Southern Front (an extended rebel umbrella south Syria), said they reviewed their plans and vision for Syria’s future with de Mistura.
“We discussed the ongoing military developments, and emphasized the importance of excluding Assad from any transitional phase in Syria,” he said in a statement.
Ar-Rayyes stressed that this is the first time de Mistura meets rebel leaders who operate in the southern fighting front of Syria.
Syrian rebel leaders met de Mistura in Jordan to discuss the military map and the areas controlled by both rebels and the pro-Assad forces in the southern areas of Syria.
The Southern Front is one of the largest and well-equipped rebel factions in Syria. The Front is in control of most of the border line with Jordan, including military bases that has been seized from the Syrian regime.
De Mistura is currently visiting capitals of the Middle East in an attempt to finalize Syria talks by the end of July, aimed at discussing a possible political solution to the crisis.
More than 250 thousand people have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in March 2011, and millions have been displaced.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News