Kazakhstan|politics|January 20, 2017 / 11:56 AM
Russia invites U.S. to Syria talks in Astana – FM Lavrov

AKIPRESS.COM - lavrov-RussiaRussia has already invited the United States to take part in the upcoming talks on Syria, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reporters on Thursday, reports RT.

US officials have been invited to the international meeting on the Syrian settlement which will be held in Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, January 23.

“We think it would be the right thing to invite the representatives of the UN and the new US administration to the meeting,” Lavrov had said at a press conference summing up the results of Russian foreign policy in 2016.

According to Syrian President Bashar Assad, the peace talks in Astana will focus on achieving a ceasefire and allowing rebel groups to reach “reconciliation” deals with the government.

“So far, we believe that Astana will be about talks with terrorist groups over a ceasefire and allowing them to reach reconciliation deals,” Assad said in an interview with Japanese media outlet TBS, parts of which were published on the president’s Twitter feed on Thursday.

Assad said he hoped the conference in Astana would be a platform to discuss “everything” with opposition groups, but noted it was too early to say whether the meeting would include political dialogue “because it is not clear who will participate." The Syrian leader also expressed hope that the incoming US administration was sincere when it announced the intention to create a unified coalition against terrorism.

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