DAMASCUS, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Wednesday that many countries are unaware of the real image about what is going on in Syria, as he attended the sidelines of the opening session of the Geneva II.
The minister slammed in Montreux, Switzerland some anti-Syrian government remarks that were made during the opening session of the Geneva II conference, adding "some speeches sounded like their speakers are ambassadors of terrorist groups, not countries and governments."
Al-Zoubi apparently made the remarks in response to the statement of the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, who said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's hands were "stained in blood," and called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria, referring specifically to the pro-Assad Iran and Hezbollah.
The Syrian government maintained that its presence at the Geneva conference was not to hand over power, but to negotiate with the opposition to find a solution to the crisis. The Syrian administration has for long accused Saudi Arabia of backing the jihadist groups fighting to topple President Assad's administration.
The Geneva II peace conference was established to resolve the Syrian conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the government and the opposition with the full implementation of the Geneva communique, adopted by the Geneva I conference on Jan. 30, 2012.
However, many hurdles lie ahead as the Syrian government said ahead of the conference that the main purpose should be fighting terrorism in Syria, while the opposition said the conference should result in the establishment of a transitional government with full executives without any role for al-Assad.