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New round of Syria talks to kick off in Kazakhstan today


The 13th International High-Level Meeting on Syria will take place in Nur-Sultan on August 1-2, with all the parties invited have confirmed their participation, Kazinform reported citing Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry statement.

“Under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, preparations for the 13th International High-Level Meeting on Syria in Nur-Sultan scheduled for August 1-2 of this year are now well underway. At the moment, all the previously invited parties have confirmed their participation,” the statement said.

Russia’s delegation will be led by President Putin’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, Turkey will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, while Iran’s delegation will be led by Senior Assistant Foreign Minister on Political Issues Ali Asghar Haji.

The meeting will also be attended by both Syrian parties to the conflict, represented by the government delegation led by Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN Bashar Jaafari, and the armed opposition led by Ahmad Tu’mah. Delegations from Iraq and Lebanon will participate in the meeting as observers.

“We regret to state that for health reasons Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, will have to miss the upcoming talks. The UN delegation will be led by his deputy,” the Kazakh foreign ministry said in its statement.

Additionally, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will arrive in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan to participate in the regular session of the Working Group on the Release of Detainees/Hostages on the margins of inter-Syrian talks.

In a similar way to the previous meetings, there will be bilateral and multilateral technical consultations behind closed doors on the first day and a plenary session the next day. The key outcomes of the two-day talks will be outlined in the Joint Statement of the Astana Process guarantor states.

Source: International Islamic News Agency