Ranya Radwan

No Syrians were invited to Vienna talks

Image via Der Postillon

Diplomats from around the world met in Vienna on Thursday to discuss political solutions to Syria’s civil war. Key players from the United States, Britain, Russia, China , Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, the EU, France, Italy, Germany and the United Nations were invited to the Vienna talks to figure discuss and work towards establishing a ceasefire in Syria. However, not one Syrian was invited to the talks, which is concerning— seeing how they are trying to resolve the SYRIAN crisis.


Der Postillon, a German website that features satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news in newspaper and TV format, published a satirical article on November 2, 2015, highlighting the fact that there wasn't a single Syrian present at the talks. They mocked by talks by claiming that the only Syria that was present was the waiter who fled Syria at the start of the war and was working as a waiter at the Imperial Hotel, where the conference was held.


I guess the world powers and regional powers that met in Vienna did not consider Syria as a key player, therefore, it wasn’t necessary to have any Syrian representatives at the Syria talks in Vienna.


And by the way, I don't even see the Syria's flag amongst the many flags in the background. 

Image via Der Postillon

highlighting the fact that there wasn't a single Syrian present at the talks."

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Remember when the Americans and their European poodles would meet with Israelis and Syrians, both occupying Lebanon, in Geneva or Rye Plantation or Camp David to discuss means to resolve the Lebanese "crisis", yet no Lebanese would be present? Lebanon then was a passive object of the discussions, not a partner in the search for a solution. Now that the occupations are gone, and that any interest the world may have in Lebanon is merely to contain the Syrian refugees on its soil, the Lebanese are proving in their incompetence that they do not deserve to be actors of their own destiny. Today the Syrians are wearing the shoes that the Lebanese wore decades ago.

    November 5, 2015