Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations and head of the government delegationBashar Jaafari (C) arrives prior to a round of negotiation, during the UN-led Intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Switzerland, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Xu Jinquan/Pool
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The Syrian government's delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week's absence, but Western diplomats voiced scepticism about its willingness to engage.Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the U.N. and chief negotiator in talks aimed at finding a political solution to end the nearly seven-year-old war, landed in a snowstorm on a flight from Beirut, a Reuters reporter on board said. De Mistura convened an eighth round of separate talks with the government and unified opposition delegations on Nov. 28, focusing on constitutional reform as well as elections.
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