Senior MP calls Riyadh as obstacle to success of Syria talks

Saudi Arabia excessive demands are an obstacle to resolution of political negotiations for peace in Syria, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Wednesday.

Speaking to IRNA, he said that Syrian government has upper hand in the conflict and Takfiri groups’ power is in decline with the advisory help of Iran and air support of Russia.

ISIL has experienced several defeats in Iraq and Iraqi government and volunteer forces’ victories are continuous, the lawmaker added.

His comments came as the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC) cancelled a scheduled meeting with the UN envoy, saying, “At this moment, there is no reason to repeat ourselves with de Mistura.’

The gathering was to be the opposition delegation’s second meeting with the Swedish-Italian diplomat as part of the UN-brokered Geneva negotiations aimed at finding a political solution to the deadly conflict in Syria.

The foreign-sponsored militancy, which began in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people and displaced almost half of the country’s population.