On January 14, Dean of Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) Hassan Saqr revealed to the Russian news agency Sputnik that Moscow officially invited the party to the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress that’s set to be held in the Russian city of Sochi. The invitation was reportedly handed over to a delegation of the SSNP that’s currently visiting Russia to discuss many issues related to the political and military situation in Syria.
“Russia decided to invite a large part of the Syrian society, and we had some ideas to add some names and parties to complete the success of the conference, it is necessary that the scene is complete … we presented our vision to Mr. Bogdanov [Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East] and he welcomed the idea,” Saqr told Sputnik.
Saqr also said that the Sochi conference is the “prefect chance” to move towards the political solution in Syria and said that the conference will lay the ground bases for direct talks between the Damascus government and the opposition inside Syria in the future.
The SSNP is considered the second biggest party in Syria after the ruling Ba’ath party. Many Syrian activists even argue that the SSNP is the most popular party in Syria due to its support for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its secular principles.
An unnamed Russian official source also confirmed to Sputnik that Sochi conference will be held on January 30 and revealed that the conference might be held for a day only. If true, the session on January 30, could be the first of a series of talks that will be held in Sochi city and then possibly inside Syria in the future.