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    US Special Envoy for Syria Ratney to Represent Washington at Geneva Talks

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    US Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney will represent Washington at the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva that are officially kicking off on Thursday, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — The US diplomatic source confirmed that Ratney is in Geneva this week and would remain in close contact with the United Nations and with Syrian opposition members at the UN-led talks.

    Ratney will also attend the welcoming address by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura with participation of all Syrian sides to the negotiations, scheduled for 3 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT), according to the source.

    The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) is invited to attend the welcome address as observers. Russia and the United States are co-chairs of the ISSG.

     

    Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

     

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