Syria is ready to attend peace talks scheduled later in January in Geneva but that the government wants to see lists of the opposition groups who will attend and the "terrorist" groups that will not, said the country's foreign minister Walid al-Moallem on Saturday.
The minister made the comment while meeting in Damascus with U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura.
The Syrian government refers to all those battling to overthrow President Bashar Assad as terrorists and has said the talks should focus on battling terrorism.
The opposition wants Assad to step down as part of any peace deal.
The U.N. is urging the two sides to meet Jan. 25 in an effort to end the conflict, which has killed more than 250,000 people and caused a massive refugee crisis, according to AP. - Idrak