China’s special envoy for Syria, Xie Xiaoyan, said the Astana and Geneva peace talks on the settlement of the Syrian crisis are “mutually supportive”, noting that a new round of the UN-mediated talks is expected to be held in the Swiss city in August.
The head of the main opposition delegation at ongoing Syria talks in Geneva on Wednesday called on the UN to put pressure on the Damascus regime following its “refusal” to join in negotiations.
The US and Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria’s southwest is serving as a positive backdrop for a new round of UN backed peace talks in Geneva.
Another round of Syrian reconciliation talks has wrapped up in Astana; the US and Jordan participated as observers. Sputnik Turkiye discussed it with Turkish political analyst Oktay Aksoy, who said that if these two countries are really interested in Syria’s territorial integrity, they should join negotiations as full-fledged parties to the deal.
The seventh round of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva have stared with the meeting between United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian governmental delegation headed by Bashar Jaafari. The meeting is taking place at the Palace of Nations, the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters.
Second and last day of the fifth international meeting on Syria in Astana has kicked off Wednesday with bilateral meetings between the participating delegations.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that the July 4-5 international Astana talks are expected to address the formation of a national reconciliation committee in Syria.
Turkey, Russia and Iran – guarantor countries of the cease-fire in Syria – will meet in Astana next week, the Kazakh foreign ministry said on Thursday.
The U.N. special envoy for Syria expressed hope that a first-ever U.N. meeting of feuding opposition groups and an upcoming meeting to put “de-escalation zones” into operation will spur progress at next month’s peace talks in Geneva.