No direct or indirect contact with Syrian regime, says Qatar

December 5, 2013 11:44 am

No direct or indirect contact with Syrian regime, says Qatar

Doha 05th December 2013: State of Qatar has insisted it has had no direct or indirect contact with Syria’s regime, as the Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday he had received an envoy from Qatar.

Qatar is not in contact either directly or indirectly with the Syrian regime, foreign ministry said in a statement. “The only ongoing contact is with the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the National Coalition for the forces of the revolution and the Syrian opposition,” it said in a statement carried by QNA. “The friends of Syria must do as much as we can to protect the people of Syria from the brutality of the regime. We have to enforce humanitarian corridors,” according to Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah.

The statement from the Qatari side was issued as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Doha on Monday. “There is talk between us…there was a line between us and Qatar which was reopened but up to a certain limit,” Nasrallah said on Tuesday in an interview with the Lebanese OTV channel. Nasrallah said he told the Qatari envoy that a military option was “pointless” in Syria and called for a political solution.

Iran backed Hezbollah, which chiefly operates in Lebanon, but also in Syria, is one of the leading forces in the Syrian conflict, sending fighters into the neighbouring country to defend the regime of President Bashar al-Assad against rebels. The state of Qatar is known for its support for opposition movements and rebel forces in the Arab Spring. The country welcomed the Geneva peace talks as a preliminary step for a comprehensive solution to attain stability in the region.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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