DAMASCUS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry urged Wednesday the United Nations to review and support the political roadmap put forward by President Bashar al-Assad during his latest speech to bring the 22-month crisis in Syria to a close.
In two identical messages sent to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the ministry said Assad's political plan "reflects the precise understanding of the nature of the transitional phase and the ideas that have been put forth at all levels starting from combating terrorism till achieving a political plurality in the country."
The messages, carried by the state-run SANA news agency, said that the political wisdom and keenness to respect the UN charter and the peace and security in the Middle East region and outside it "pose the correct course to reach the noble target represented by preserving the lives of Syrian people away from violence and the destructive foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs."
Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian cabinet endorsed Assad's three- point plan and assigned the Foreign Ministry to establish regional and international liaisons to explain the political program and garner support for it.
The president's plan includes a ceasefire, followed by a comprehensive national dialogue conference and the establishment of a broad-based government and parliament.
The Syrian opposition dismissed the new plan, saying that it is not enough to be a roadmap of a political process that could end the country's crisis.
Meanwhile, the Syrian cabinet decided to set up a ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi to carry out the government's obligations regarding materializing Assad's plan.
It called on the countries swaying on the gunmen to refrain from supporting, harboring or funding those groups in order to preserve the Syrian blood and the sovereignty of Syria.