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Italian official meets Syrian opposition delegation


Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) Italy's of State for Foreign Affairs on Monday met the of the Syrian Negotiating Commission and several members of the top opposition body at the here, according to a ministry statement.

Also present at the meeting were members Mohamad Jamal Soliman, Hanadi Abou Arab, and Abdulahad Astepho, the ministry stated.

During the meeting, Amendola thanked Hariri and the for their efforts in trying to reach a to the civil war that has ravaged the Middle Eastern country for over seven years, pitting rebels against the of Syrian

"The intervention of the US, UK and on Saturday morning was motivated as a targeted response limited to the of Douma," said Amendola, referring to air strikes on three Syrian sites staged by the US, Britain and

"The use of by the Assad regime can not be tolerated," he underlined.

has always condemned the use of as a war crime, Amendola told Hariri and the delegation.

Amendola also voiced support for the UN-led negotiation process with and a based on UN Resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire and a to the Syrian civil war. It was passed unanimously by the on December 18, 2015.

will play a crucial role in negotiating peace in Syria, Amendola stressed, recalling the upcoming donor conference in on April 24-25 that will be co-chaired by the and the UN.

Around 70 delegations are due to attend the conference entitled 'Supporting the future of and the region'.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 00:02 IST