Syria’s foreign-backed opposition group, the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), says it will participate in next month’s bilateral talks over the Syrian crisis in the Swiss city of Geneva with the United Nations special envoy to Syria.
Khaled Khoja, the head of the SNC, said in a Tuesday statement that he had informed the UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, that a delegation from the exiled opposition group would attend the negotiations in Geneva in May.
"The coalition reasserted its commitment to a political solution and the resumption of negotiations," said the statement.
UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said on Saturday that invitations had been sent out to all parties who could help end the four-year-old crisis in Syria, including different Syrian factions as well as regional and international players.
According to Fawzi, the talks will kick off on May 4 and will last four to six weeks.
Stressing that terrorist groups such as ISIL and al-Nusra Front will not be taking part in the talks, he added that there will be "those who have relationships with them and, those who can communicate with them."