A second round of meetings in the framework of the European Union’s Regional Initiative on the future of Syria begins this week. A series of bilateral meetings at the level of senior officials will take place between the European Union and representatives of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, and in the coming days with Turkey and Qatar.
The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini proposed an initiative on the future of Syria with key regional players to the attention of the EU Heads of State and Government by the end of last year, they approved of it and suggested to develop it further. As follows Mogherini had a first round of talks with the Foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar.
The major objective of the Syria initiative is to identify common ground on the post-conflict arrangements, and further to enhance the reconciliation and reconstruction once a credible political transition is firmly under way. The initiative is conducted in full coordination and support of the intra-Syrian talks that will be held by the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva in February, and in view of the Brussels Conference on Syria and the region.