Thursday, 23 February, 2017

Iranian, Russian Diplomats Hold Second Meeting Ahead of Astana Syria Talks

UN-sponsored Syria peace talks from 23 Feb UN Syria envoy New round of talks on Syria conflict on Wednesday
Darrell Mcdonald | 16 February, 2017, 01:11

According to the source, the following issues are on the agenda of the talks: implementation of the ceasefire regime in Syria, agreeing the provision on a joint operational group and other documents related to the districts and zones that joined the ceasefire regime. But he said the opposition had yet to receive an agenda for the talks, which are due to begin on February 23 following preliminary meetings beginning on February 20.

Delegations of Iran and Russian Federation attending the second round of global Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital Astana met Tuesday afternoon as headed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, and Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev.

A new round of United Nations -brokered peace talks for Syria is scheduled for February 23. The Geneva talks scheduled for February 23 are expected to be wider-ranging and focus on key issues such as the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Syrian source close to the government told AFP that the discussions in Astana would be "purely military".

The Kazakhstan talks were supposed to begin today but were postponed by one day.

All the parties involved in the Syrian dispute will be present tomorrow, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anuar Zhainakov, announced.

Rebels will send the same delegation to Thursday's talks, headed by Mohammad Alloush of the Islam Army rebel group.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, speaking in Italy, said he would apply the agenda laid out in a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ending the conflict.

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