Syrian opposition boycotts Russia-backed peace talks

Jan 29, 2018, 6:07 AM EST
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enjoys Russia's unwavering support.
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A two-day conference to restore peace in worn-torn Syria starts in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Monday, as the world pins hope on this Russia-backed effort to end the seven-year-old conflict via a new track.

The Syrian opposition groups announced they will stay away from the negotiations, which they believe would forward only in the direction that suits President Bashar-al-Assad’s regime, writes Al Jazeera.

Over 1,000 delegates, attending the Sochi peace conference, are expected to urge the West to ease sanctions on Syria and help the country’s rehabilitation process, notes The Guardian