Astana says will consider possibility of Syria talks

Astana says will consider possibility of Syria talks
# 17 December 2016 20:38 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan on Saturday expressed readiness to consider the possibility of hosting Syria peace talks to end the long-standing crisis, APA reports citing RIA Novosti news agency.

Astana is ready to consider the possibility of a meeting to host talks on Syria crisis if a proposal goes, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan told the RIA Novosti.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have reached an agreement to work on launching a new series of peace talks between the Syria and opposition.

Putin told a press conference in Tokyo that the next step for “normalization” in the war-torn country was to reach an agreement on a nationwide ceasefire.

Putin added that if the regime and opposition agree to the proposal, "we will ask Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to back this process."

Speaking to TRT Haber channel, Erdogan's aide Ibrahim Kalin "this is not an alternative to the Geneva talks, but perhaps a process can be initiated in coordination with Geneva talks."

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