Time: 8:08 p.m. CEST Update: 11:49 p.m. CEST
The United States welcomes the important decision by the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian opposition to attend negotiations hosted by the United Nations in Geneva, the State Department said in press statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday.
“The United States also reiterates that UN Security Council Resolution 2254 must be fully implemented by all parties to the talks, including with regard to the urgent need for humanitarian access for besieged areas of Syria. The United States further expects that both sides in these negotiations will participate in good faith and achieve early, measurable progress in the days ahead,” Kerry said in a statement on the website of State Department.
The main Syrian opposition agreed to participate on the peace talks, which began on Friday in Geneva, Reuters write that the al-Arabiya al-Hadath news channel said on Friday. “The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) decided to participate in the Geneva talks after receiving American and United Nations guarantees,” the news channel said, as Reuters reports. The Agency-France Presse tweeted breaking news on their Twitter account. Talks started on Friday with uncertainty if the HNC will arrive to the talks.