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65 Syrian opposition figures invited to meet in Riyadh on Dec.7

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Al-Arabiya sources reported that the date of the Syrian opposition conference in Saudi Arabia, to which the invitations were made starting from today was advanced from December 11 and that the new date will be on December 7.

The total number which was suggested at the beginning was reduced to reach around sixty five, instead of seventy five. It seems that the preparations for the transitional phase in Syria, according to the decisions of the Vienna Conference, were made on raging fire; and Riyadh is the first leg in a march of one thousand miles.

The National Coalition member, Ahmad Ramadan, confirmed that the Saudi Foreign Ministry called sixty five Syrian opposition figures to attend the conference in Riyadh. He also announced that the invitations were not made to people with their names, but it was decided to invite twenty people from the Coalition, seven from the National Coordination Committee, around ten to fifteen figures from the military leadership, and around twenty to twenty five independent figures, businessmen and men of religion.

Ramadan said, in a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, that the coalition will determine in the coming period the names of its representatives to this conference and the level of participation, pointing out that the document on the basic principles of political settlement was agreed on with the National Coordination Committee and is based on the terms of the Cairo document and the Geneva document.

Asharq Al-Awsat quoted the legal adviser to the Free Army Osama Abu Zeid as saying that it is likely that the military factions will adopt the formula of the representatives of fronts, stressing that the ISIS organization and Al-Nusra Front are outside any negotiations or meetings. Meanwhile, Al-Arabiya sources reported that the date of the opposition conference was advanced to December 7 and that the conference will be attended by senior diplomats and politicians in the countries of the Friends of the Syrian People Group.