Tamil Diplomat

Syria conflict: War of words as peace talks open in Astana

The Syrian government’s lead negotiator has denounced what he called his rebel counterpart’s “provocative” comments at the start of peace talks in Astana.

Bashar Jaafari said Mohammed Alloush had acted in a way “removed from diplomacy” at the indirect negotiations convened by Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Mr Alloush described the Syrian government as a “terrorist entity”. He also said a political solution to the civil war was the rebels’ preferred choice, but “not the only one”.(BBC,2017)