Astana holding 8th round of talks on Syrian settlement

Russia to host Syria talks in Sochi in late January

Russia to host Syria talks in Sochi in late January

The terrorist PKK/PYD will not be included in a planned Syria meeting next month in Sochi, Russian media reports quoted a Russian official saying on Friday.

He added that from Moscow he will fly to the Kazakh capital of Astana, where the 8th round of Russia-led worldwide negotiations on Syrian settlement is underway.

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.

However, Turkey is opposed to the involvement of the US-backed PYD/YPG militants.

"The list of participants confirmed by the Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders will definitely be announced tomorrow [Friday] in Astana", Lavrov said.

Turkey has been a main backer of the opposition groups and rebels trying to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power while Russian Federation and Iran have been among his main backers.

The 8th round of inter-Syrian negotiations on the Syrian crisis opened on Thursday (December 21st) in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.

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.

Delegates from the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition, the United Nations, and the observer states - the U.S. and Jordan will also take part in the upcoming meeting.

The next high-level worldwide meeting on Syria in Astana will be held in the second half of February 2018.

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