Syrian deputy PM learns of dismissal during RT live interview
The top official was being interviewed about Syria’s readiness
for the Geneva II peace talks when news of his sacking started to
appear. A host on RT Arabic promptly reacted by asking the
guest if that was true.
“Honestly speaking I had not heard anything about it before I
entered this studio,” was Qadri Jamil’s reaction. “Until I
see an official confirmation, I’m not going to consider this
The news of the dismissal was reported by Syria’s state media,
which also explained that the official lost his job for acting
without government permission.
"Jamil was dismissed because he left his center of work without prior permission and did not follow up on his duties,” read a statement posted on Syria TV. “Additionally, he undertook activities outside the nation without coordinating with the government."
Qadri Jamil is a member of the peaceful Syrian opposition which
refrains from taking part in the attempts to overthrow Bashar
al-Assad by force. The unauthorized act that Jamil undertook was
reportedly his meeting with the former American ambassador to
Syria, Robert Ford, on Saturday in Geneva.
"He saw Ford after meeting Russian officials in Moscow,”
an anonymous Middle East official told Reuters. “The meeting
was long but useless. Jamil put forward what Ford apparently
regarded as unworkable proposals regarding the Geneva talks. He
also unsuccessfully tried to win US backing to include him on the
opposition side in the Geneva talks."
The Geneva-2 peace talks, which Russia and the US have been
trying to broker, are supposed to get the Syrian government and
the rebels together for negotiations.
The country’s Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moualem, said on Tuesday
that Syria would participate in the peace talks but that it won’t
have its political future and leadership determined by outside
It’s much more difficult to bring the opposition to the
negotiating table because it is fragmented into numerous groups
and has for a long time put forward Assad’s stepping down as the
only precondition for participating in the talks.
A total of 19 Syrian rebel groups fighting against President
Bashar Assad’s regime have already refused to take part in the Geneva-2 peace
In an attempt to push forward the stalled negotiations UN envoy,
Lakhdar Brahimi, arrived in Damascus on October, 28. The diplomat
had a meeting with the Syrian President on Wednesday.