The Assad regime is putting out feelers for talks with rebel forces to discuss the possibility of a unity government. But negotiations do not appear realistic.
Foreign Minister Walid Muallem reached out over the weekend to “Nationalist” opposition forces to join a dialogue over joining a unity Cabinet. Any rebel group could join the talks, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) reported – but Muallem set conditions. Anyone joining the negotiations had to agree to reject foreign intervention, and there was to be no discussion about the future of President Bashar al-Assad.