Turkey is likely to raise the level of its representation at the new meeting on Syria in Astana, compared to the previous one in mid-February, and send Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal as the delegation head.
Sedat Onal headed the Turkish delegation at the first round of Astana talks in January. However, the last meeting in mid-February was attended only by the foreign ministry experts from the Turkish side.
Head of Damascus delegation Bashar Jaafari criticized such low level of representation and said it did not correspond to Turkey’s status as one of the ceasefire guarantor states, expressing hope the next round of Astana talks would be attended by same people who came to the Kazakh capital in January.
According to the reports, Iran will be represented again by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari.
The third round of intra-Syrian talks in Astana will start today on March 14 and be followed till the late March 15, with the consultations to be held on the first day and the plenary session to take place on Wednesday.