The Associated Press          16/03/2016

A leader of an expatriate Syrian group is praising Russia’s will to support peace talks and expressing hopes they will be successful before the U.S. presidential election this fall.

Randa Kassis spoke to reporters Wednesday after a loosely affiliated, self-described opposition organization known as the Cairo, Moscow and Astana Groups met with the U.N. special envoy in Geneva.

She said she was optimistic for the talks and noted that “President Obama himself wants the success of these negotiations.”