King of Jordan notes Russia's role in resolving Syrian crisis

26 January, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Essie Rivera
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It also said Syrian armed groups that were present in Astana should participate in UN-sponsored conference due to be held in Geneva on February 8.

The changes in the diplomatic landscape indicate the Syrian military and anti-government rebels are now on the same side, fighting to defeat IS. "Undoubtedly, it is a success. Turkey will discuss the outcomes of Astana talks on Syria with the new USA administration", Erdogan said at a press conference in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

"I am also planning to depart for the League of Arab States and inform them", he said, adding that the format of Geneva talks will be clear after the meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as the upcoming consultations in the UN Security Council. He added, however, that only time can show the feasibility of the Astana process.

"The Syrian government, the Russian Aerospace Forces and armed opposition groups are essentially ready to pool efforts and carry out strikes against IS positions in Syria's regions that are still under their control", Lavrov told the State Duma, Russia's parliament, on Wednesday.

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Putin has expressed his gratitude to King Abdullah II of Jordan for supporting the negotiation process on Syria in Astana. "And in order for no one to suspect the Russian Federation, Turkey or Iran of substituting everything that has hitherto been done with the Astana process, we have invited all the political opposition... to a briefing on Friday, and we will inform them of what occurred in Astana, and on the way we see the Astana process developing in the future", Lavrov said.

The Astana talks, which focused on extending the cease-fire that came into effect in Syria on December 30, 2016, included representatives of the regime, armed opposition groups, Russia, Turkey, Iran as well as United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura and USA ambassador to Kazakhstan, George Krol.

After intense deliberations, negotiations and much waiting in Astana, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia and Turkey issued a joint declaration - a fragile outline on how to end the war in Syria.

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