US Delegation Including Washington Official to Attend Astana Talks

© Sputnik / Bolat Shayhinov / Go to the mediabankParticipants in a meeting on Syria in Astana
Participants in a meeting on Syria in Astana - Sputnik International
A US delegation including Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol and an unnamed official from Washington will take part in the fresh round of Astana talks on Syrian settlement, a Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

ASTANA (Sputnik) — Earlier on Monday, the US State Department stated that Krol will attend the upcoming Syria talks in Astana.

A new meeting on Syrian settlement in the Kazakh capital officially kicked off with a bilateral meeting between the UN and Russian delegations earlier in the day.

"The US delegation is taking part, including the ambassador to Kazakhstan, George Krol, and a representative from Washington," the spokesman said.

The first round of Astana talks on Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran were held on January 23-24 and resulted in a Moscow-Tehran-Ankara agreement on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to monitor the ceasefire in Syria.

Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups along with other attendees take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel - Sputnik International
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The second round of the Astana talks took place on February 15-16, with the participants agreeing to set up a ceasefire monitoring group, encompassing Iran, Russia and Turkey, that would report to the United Nations.

The third round of intra-Syrian talks in Astana will take place on March 14-15, with the consultations to be held on the first day and the plenary session to take place on Wednesday.

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