The Syrian government has stated that it is willing to attend peace talks negotiated by the UN.
The talks could potentially bring an end to the four-year conflict which has engulfed the nation and killed more than 250,000 people. All parties with a stake in the conflict will have to agree upon which rebel groups are to be deemed terrorist organizations and ,therefore, will not be represented at the talks.
Syrian Foreign Minster, Walid Muallem, said the regime would be ready to talk as soon as they received a list of the opposition parties. The talks could take place as soon as January 2016.
Millions of Syrians have been displaced as a result of the conflict, sparking a refugee crisis in Europe and elsewhere. UN estimates put the number of displaced persons as a result of the war at 11 million.
The Foreign Minister stated that the government will only enter talks on the condition that foreign interference is eliminated.
The announcement follows a UN Security Council vote last Friday which unanimously backed a resolution outlining a potential path to peace in Syria. This would involve negotiations, fair and free elections, and a ceasefire.
No questions were directly answered regarding the future of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and whether or not he would play any role in the future of Syria.