In an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV , Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi and the Syrian Government media attacked UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi following his departure from Syria.
“Brahimi said the Geneva conference was for the Syrians, not for the states. If that is the case, why is he on his tour? Why invite states such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which are participating in the aggression against Syria?” he asked.
Zohbi also accused Brahimi of being overly diplomatic.
“He speaks in many tongues as though he wanted to satisfy everyone, to the detriment of the Syrians’ reality. When he speaks in Syria, he uses a certain logic. And when he leaves our country, he resorts to another.”
Similarly Syria’s government newspaper called Brahimi “one-eyed and many-tongued” Saturday, a day after he left Damascus on a trip aimed at building consensus for a peace conference.
An editorial in Ath-Thawra also lashed out at Brahimi’s efforts to hold the so-called Geneva II between the regime and rebels within weeks, saying he was acting with “unnecessary haste.”
Brahimi’s renewed bid for peace talks aimed at resolving the 31-month conflict comes after last month’s US-Russian accord on dismantling Syria’s chemical arsenal.
He met with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday for an hour.
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