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    Syrian Peace Talks in Astana (171)
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    Turkey was represented at a low level in Astana talks, such behavior does not correspond to the status of a guarantor of the Syrian settlement, head of the government delegation Bashar Jaafari said Thursday.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) – Jaafari accused Turkey of violating the Syrian sovereignty and called on Ankara to close its borders for terrorists trying to enter Syria.

    "Turkey must withdraw its military forces from our country," Jaafari added.

    "Turkey is represented in a very low level. It does not correspond to the status of guarantor. Their work is doubtful," Jaafari told a press conference.

    He also said that the fact that there was no communique adopted at the Astana talks on Syria is linked to the late arrival of the opposition delegation, showing lack of seriousness.

    "Non-adoption of communique here is because Turkey delegation and armed opposition were late to the meetings. It shows irresponsible attitude," Jaafari told a press conference.

    He also said that the Russia-drafted Syrian constitution was not touched upon at the Astana talks, it is for Syrians to discuss. "The issue of the Syrian constitution has not been discussed at all in Astana. It is a purely Syrian issue that should be discussed by Syrians without foreign interference."

    Damascus hopes that Jordan’s participation in the Astana talks will contribute to the change in Amman’s policy toward Syria, Jaafari said.

    "Jordan participation in Astana meeting will contribute to reconsideration of policy of Amman in regards Syria. And I think their policy is wrong."

    The second round of Astana talks is held in Kazakhstan's capital on February 15-16. On Wednesday, Russian, Iranian, Jordanian and Syrian delegations held a number of technical meetings. "Non-adoption of communique here is because Turkey delegation

    The first round of Astana talks on Syrian crisis settlement brought together the representatives of the Syrian government and the armed opposition groups for the first time in the six years of the Syrian war. As a result of the talks, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to establish a trilateral mechanism to monitor the ceasefire that came into effect on December 30, 2016.

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