Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Russian Federation to Host Syria Talks in Sochi in Late January

Russian Federation to Host Syria Talks in Sochi in Late January

One of the main purposes of the ongoing round of Astana talks is to prepare the ground for a congress for Syrian-Syrian talks about the future of the Arab country in the post-Daesh era.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said all participants in the Syria talks in Geneva would be invited to the Sochi gathering, scheduled to take place between January 29-30, 2018.

"We made an effort to have Kurds represented as much as possible, while on the other hand avoiding objections from Turkey", he added. The Turkish delegation had a meeting with the Russian team.

Turkish authorities have repeatedly expressed they would reject the presence of any terrorist groups at Syria talks.

Regarding the Syrian National Dialogue Congress due to be held in the Russian city of Sochi, a source close to the Astana 8 meeting said that the representatives of the guarantor states will discuss on the sidelines of the current meeting the date for the Congress and the list of its participants.

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TRT World's Abubakr al Shamahi reports on the talks in Astana.

Earlier in the day, Turkey vetoed the involvement of the PKK/PYD or any related groups at the planned gathering.

United Nations special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to organize a next round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva in the second half of January.

The new round of Syria peace talks backed by powerbrokers Iran, Russia, and Turkey kicked off in Astana on Thursday.

Representatives of the Syrian regime, armed opposition groups, as well as delegations from the UN, Jordan and the U.S. are also participating in the talks.

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