Syrian national dialogue begins
Syria's government has begun its national dialogue at a provincial level with a "Damascus Meeting" on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
It says the dialogue is intended to achieve wide popular participation on the future vision for building the country in various political, economic and social fields and to follow up the overall process of reform. But it's been widely rejected by the country's opposition parties, without whose participation, analysts say will not meet expectations. They say the prior task for the government is to talk with the opposition as soon as possible.
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa will document the outcome of the dialogue sessions and submit them by the end of September. Syria has endured unrest since mid-March when anti-government protests broke out in the southern province of Daraa and spread to other cities.