Preparation of Astana talks on Syrian crisis continues

ASTANA, Apr. 10 (MNA) – Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhamanov said that the preparation of the talks on the Syrian crisis settlement in Astana, set to take place in May, is continuing.

The preparation of the talks on the Syrian crisis settlement in Astana, set to take place in May, is continuing, all political parties, which are interested in the reconciliation process, should support talks on Syria in both Astana and Geneva, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said Monday.
“We are calling on all parties, which are interested in peaceful settlement of Syrian conflict, to support Astana process and, most of all, Geneva processes, which is going under the auspices of the United Nations,” Abdrakhmanov said.

Abdrakhmanov expressed hope that all parties involved in the Syrian crisis settlement process will use their political influence to support its processes.

“Of course,” the foreign minister said in response to whether Kazakhstan is continuing the preparation of the talks in May.

“We are currently waiting for further information on planned meeting in Tehran, and then on the meeting in Astana on May 3-4, from the guarantor states of Astana process,” Abdrakhmanov said.

Kazakhstan's capital of Astana has hosted three rounds of talks on Syrian settlement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran, held on January 23-24, February 15-16 and March 14-15. During the talks, the participants agreed to set up a ceasefire monitoring group, among other issues. The next meeting on Syria in Astana is expected to take place in early May.

The fifth round of peace talks under the UN auspices in Geneva took place on March 23-31. The new round of Geneva negotiations on Syria will take place in May at the earliest and not before the talks in Astana, Bassma Kodmani, Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokeswoman, told Sputnik on Thursday.


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