ASTANA (Sputnik) — King Salman recognized the importance of the Astana talks in bringing peace to Syria during his meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov on Wednesday, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
"The monarch noted the importance of the Astana process for the perspective to bring peace and security to Syria and welcomed the contribution of our leader and Kazakhstan to the international efforts in this direction," the statement said.
During the meeting, Abdrakhmanov also expressed Kazakhstan's commitment toward the continued strengthening of bilateral cooperation with Saudi Arabia.
Kazakhstan's capital of Astana has hosted three rounds of talks on Syrian settlement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran: January 23-24, February 15-16, and March 14-15. The next round is scheduled for May 3-4. During the talks, the participants agreed, among other decisions, to set up a ceasefire monitoring group.