Saudi king urges Syria solution based on Geneva I

A Civil Defence member rubs his eyes as he tries to put out a fire inside a building after shelling in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has confirmed the kingdom’s support for Syria to see a political solution based on the Geneva I talks.

“Our country stands by the Syrian people in its political aspirations and reducing its suffering and ridding itself of the civil war. We support a political solution based on the Geneva I communique,” the king was quoted as saying by Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud received at al-Yammamh Palace on Tuesday the General Coordinator of Supreme Commission for Negotiations of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Riad Hijab.

Russia said on Tuesday it would extend a moratorium on air strikes on Syria's Aleppo into a ninth day, but a monitor and a civil defense official said that rebel-held parts of the divided city had been struck in recent days.

Defense ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Russian and Syrian planes had not even approached, let alone bombed, the devastated city since last Tuesday when Russia suspended air strikes ahead of a pause in hostilities.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49