Syrian opposition to meet in Cairo Jan 22-23
A Syrian opposition flag on a wall in the town of Safira - REUTERS/George Ourfalian

CAIRO: The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces chairperson Qassem al-Khatib announced Saturday evening that 75 members of the coalition will meet in Cairo Jan. 22 to discuss the Syrian crisis.

The participating members include Islamists, centrists, businessmen, and revolutionary figures, he added in remarks to “Cairo Talk” T.V. talk show on Sky News Arabia channel.

The meeting will be held in the headquarters of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and is scheduled to last for two days to frame a future plan for negotiations with the Syrian regime to put an end to the four-year-old civil war, Coalition Public Relation head Feras al-Khaldy told Youm7 Saturday.

The Cairo meetings will tackle 24 points, including forming a transitional authority, he added.

On Friday, Syrian opposition leaders met in Istanbul and elected Khaled Khoga as a new president of the coalition to replace Hadi al-Bahra after a three-day closed meeting.

Russia invited 30 opposition leaders “in a personal capacity,” not as a coalition, to meet with Syrian government representatives in Moscow Jan. 28, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported. However, media reports said that the Syrian coalition members expressed their reservation on Moscow’s invitation which addresses the opposition personally.

On Dec. 17, 2014, a five-member Syrian delegation headed by the Syrian Naval Academy President and President Bashar al-Assad’s cousin Imad al-Assad met with Egyptian officials to discuss the political situation in Syria.

In June 2013, former President Mohamed Morsi cut off diplomatic relations with Syria and closed the Syrian embassy in Egypt, and despite a regime change in Cairo, the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has yet to restart official diplomatic relations with Damascus.

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