Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that his country is moving ahead with resolving the crisis in Syria, activating the Astana platform, and supporting the Syrian talks in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations in accordance with international resolution no.2254.
A difference in approaches toward the Syrian conflict between Moscow and Washington could explain Monday’s postponed trilateral meeting with the UN.
The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it expects all parties to the Syrian conflict to take part in the next round of talks on Syria that will be held in Astana.
A frequent refrain from all parties to the conflict in Syria – whether it is the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson or President Assad himself – is that it is for Syrians to determine the future of Syria.
The Astana process on the Syrian settlement and its possible expansion were in focus of talks between Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abrakhmanov and visiting Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamaf Al Thani.
China’s special envoy to Syria, Xie Xiaoyan, said on Sunday that the only way out for Syrians is through political settlement with peace negotiations.
The preparations for the next meetings on Syria in Astana and Geneva scheduled for May, are gaining momentum. Politicians continue to express their views on the process of the six-year conflict’s peaceful settlement.
The U.N.’s Syria envoy said Thursday that he will hold talks with Russian officials next week but without the U.S. present after previous plans for a trilateral meeting were “postponed.”
Assyrians should be recognized as native peoples in the new version of the Syrian constitution and guaranteed all the rights associated with being a Syrian national, Assyrian Democratic Party President Ninos Isho said Friday.