Syria: opposition leader, yes to dialogue with Assad's VP

All political prisoners must be freed as pre-condition for talks

04 February, 19:23

(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, FEBRUARY 4 - Syrian opposition leader in exile, Ahmad Muaz al-Khatib, is ready to sit down for talks with Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Sharaa, Khatib told pan-Arab Saudi TV al-Arabiya on Monday.

The dialogue can take place in either Tunis or Cairo, Khatib said. It can be with any member of the regime that has not participated in the violence that has been tearing Syria apart since 2011, and it cannot take place until the opposition's conditions have been met: the liberation of 160,000 political prisoners and the return of all exiled Syrians. ''The dialogue must be undertaken in order to organize the political transition,'' Khatib told al-Arabiya. However, the fate of Sharaa is unknown: he has not appeared on official media for months, and rumors are rife that he is either dead or has been arrested by the regime. (ANSAmed).

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