Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition factions meet in Astana for talks brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran, following a ceasefire in the crisis-torn country endorsed by the UN Security Council on December 31, 2016.
Stance of the new US administration toward the Syrian crisis will become clear in the near future, head of Russian delegation at Astana talks Alexander Lavrentyev said Thursday, adding that Russia hoped for a balanced approach.
The Syrian opposition delegation has agreed with the creation of a group on ceasefire in the country with participation of Russia, Turkey and an "Arab group," but is against participation of Iran, the head of delegation to Astana talks, Mohammed Alloush, said Thursday.
Osama Abu Zeid, a representative of the Syrian armed opposition delegation, said Thursday he assessed the results of the Astana talks pessimistically and did not expect that a third round would take place in this format.
The decision by the Syrian government and armed opposition to get back to the negotiating table despite existing gaps is a sign that tensions between them are easing, Russia’s chief negotiator at Astana talks on Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said Thursday.
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.
The agreements reached between countries-guarantors of Syria ceasefire, namely Russia, Iran and Turkey, at Astana talks stipulate that other countries might be invited to participate in the monitoring of the truce, the head of the Iranian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Thursday.
Final document of the ongoing Astana peace talks on Syria was not approved yet.
Russia, Iran and Turkey will sign the final document of the Astana meeting soon, a source in one of the delegations told Sputnik.
Kazakhstan hopes that progress will be achieved in the Astana talks on Syria, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Akylbek Kamaldinov said Thursday.
The Astana talks on Syria ceasefire are about to be completed, a source participating in the talks told Sputnik on Thursday.
The United States will have a broad representation from its mission in Kazakhstan as observers at Astana talks on Syria, a representative of the US embassy in Kazakhstan told Sputnik Thursday.
Members of the Syrian military opposition have joined consultations in Astana ahead of the plenary session, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura supports conflict reconciliation efforts underway in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The final document of second Astana meeting on Syria can be adopted of it is signed by the three ceasefire guarantor states only, Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy to Kazakhstan Alexander Musienko told Sputnik.
All members of the Turkish delegation and the Syrian armed opposition delegation have now arrived in Astana for Syria peace talks, spokesman of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Anuar Zhainakov told Sputnik over the phone.
The delegations of Damascus, Syrian armed opposition, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and representatives of Jordan and the United States are invited to the forthcoming meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said in a Saturday statement.
The top diplomats of Russia and Iran described the Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation as an "efficient platform" for a direct dialogue between Damascus and armed opposition groups.
The Syria talks in Astana created positive conditions for further steps toward reconciliation, the Russian Foreign ministry said.
The leaders of Russia and Kazakhstan underscored that the recent talks in Astana had given a serious impetus to the peace process in Syria.
Saudi Arabia attempted to bribe parliamentarians in order to persuade them to oppose the Syrian government, an MP tells Sputnik.
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