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    Russian, Turkish Delegations to Hold Meeting Ahead of 2nd Round of Astana Talks

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    The delegations of Russia and Turkey will hold a bilateral meeting ahead of the second round of Astana talks on the Syrian settlement, a source in one of the delegations told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the Kazakh Foreign Ministrysaid that the beginning of the Astana talks on Syrian settlement will begin on Thursday.

    "The Russian delegation is planning to meet the Turkish delegation before the beginning of the plenary session," the source said.

    The talks in Astana have been originally scheduled for February 15-16 in behind-closed-doors format followed by a joint news conference with participation of representatives from attending delegations.

    Delegations from Russia, Iran, Syrian government and invited UN officials have already arrived in Astana.

    The United States will be represented by the US Embassy in Kazakhstan.

    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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