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    Syrian Kurds have so far not received an invitation to participate in the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Vienna next week, a member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Next Tuesday’s talks in the Austrian capital will seek to reaffirm the patchy ceasefire in parts of Syria, according to the US Department of State.

    "We have not received an invitation yet. It could be that the meeting will be held by major international actors – Russia, the US and others – without Syrians," Abd Salam Ali, a PYD member, told RIA Novosti in Moscow.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry are due to attend the meeting. The PYD member said the Kurds expect the ISSG meeting to focus on Syria’s future political system, including outlooks for federalization.

    In mid-March, Syrian Kurds announced the creation of a federal region in the country's north – the so-called Federal Democratic System of Rojava and Northern Syria, prompting condemnation from the international community.

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