In a message to the Syrian National Dialogue Congress being held in this city resort, the Russian president said this forum is called to unite again the Syrian people, after nearly seven years of armed conflict that brought the death of hundreds of thousands of persons and forced millions to abandon their homeland.
A Syrian peace conference in Russia got off to a rocky start on Tuesday after some delegates opposed to President Bashar al-Assad refused to leave the airport on arrival and the Russian foreign minister was subjected to hostile heckling.
"For this cause, many new committee have been formed and the most prominent of them are the follow-up committee of Sochi talks and the committee for discussing and exchanging views on new Syrian constitution", he added.
"We will have a new constitution and we will start a political process even if it takes more time than expected", said Randa Kassis, head of the Astana platform of the Syrian opposition, which is close to Russian Federation, during a briefing on the sidelines of the congress.
Syria's main opposition group and Kurdish authorities are boycotting the event, while on Tuesday separate rebel representatives were at Sochi airport but refused to come to the congress before Russian Federation met demands.
"Over 1,600 delegates representing all layers of the Syrian society are invited to attend the congress".
One group of delegates, which included members of the armed opposition, who had flown in from Turkey, refused to leave Sochi airport until Syrian government flags and emblems were removed.More news: NEM (XEM) Exchange Hack Costs Coincheck Over $400 Million
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Some delegates stood during the Russian minister's speech, prompting a counterdemonstration at the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in Sochi.
On the sidelines of the Syria talks in Sochi, Russia, Iranian FM's Special Assistant in Political Affairs met and talked with China's special envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan.
But the congress, which runs parallel to United Nations sponsored talks, had a muddled inception after 80 delegates opposing the Syrian regime refused to leave the airport on arrival from Turkey late on Monday.
"We never had the government side and the opposition actually getting involved in a discussion of a new constitution, because they were not in agreement".
He had previously held a meeting with Russian president's special envoy Alexander Lavrentiev for talks on the Syria congress.
Turkey, which supports Syrian rebels vying for Assad's ouster, is co-sponsoring the congress along with regime-backer Iran.
Kommersant also reports that the main output of the conference will be a commission to draft a constitutional reform.