PRETORIA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syria has said it would continue to work for an inclusive dialogue among its peoples, visiting Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad said here on Monday.
"Syria has called for a national dialogue. Syria will be a thriving democracy," Mikdad said.
Mikdad held a bilateral discussion with his South African counterpart Ebrahim Ebrahim on Monday.
He told the reporters that the Syrian government would hold discussions with all opposition groups, but not with armed groups.
"This dialogue should seek to meet the genuine aspirations of the Syrians. Accordingly, we welcomed the announcement by (Syrian) President (Bashar al-) Assad to allow for multi-party democracy in Syria, and urge the government to speed up the reform process. We also appeal to other actors inside Syria to participate in these efforts." Ebrahim Ebrahim, deputy minister of South African International relations and cooperation department said in the media briefing.
Ebrahim also said that the media should have free access in Syria as it would help to have a more objective views on the developments.
South Africa will be joining Brazilian and Indian delegations on an forthcoming "working visit" to Syria to better inform themselves of the situation in the country.