Minister Alfano received the leader of Syrian opposition, Nasser Hariri, at the Farnesina. Minister Alfano expressed his appreciation for the balanced and constructive attitude taken by the Hariri-led Syrian opposition. Both officials agreed on the key importance of preserving the UN-led Geneva political process as the only possible way of reaching a credible political solution to the Syrian conflict.
Minister Alfano encouraged Hariri to continue his negotiating efforts in view of the next round of talks scheduled in Vienna on 25 and 26 January, pointing to the need that Russia make every effort so that the regime to finally engage in good faith negotiations.
Italy, in close coordination with its European partners and with the United States, is now more committed than ever to supporting the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, which aim to create the conditions for a political transition in Damascus, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.