The 13th round of Astana talks on Syria to start on August 1

NUR-SULTAN,(ST)_The 13th round of talks on Syria is due to be held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, on August 1-2, according to the Kazakhstani Foreign Ministry.

The ministry said in a statement released today that the guarantor countries- Iran, Russia, Turkey- plus delegations representing the Syrian government and opposition are going to participate in the forthcoming talks.

“Observers from the United Nations and Jordan besides further observers from Lebanon and Iraq, who will participate for the first time in Astana talks, will help facilitate talks,” the statement read.

The talks will zero in on the recent developments in Syria, especially in Idleb and the north-eastern side of the country.

On July 10, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters that he high-level Astana peace talks meeting on Syria will be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in the beginning of August, followed by a summit in Turkey, Russian on Wednesday.

"The very beginning of August will see a regular Astana peace talks international meeting on Syria held in Nur-Sultan. We have some new developments, namely representatives of Lebanon and Iraq will take part for the first time as observers, in the same status as Jordan," he said answering a TASS question. "This is a new and important element. The Astana peace talks summit in Turkey will be held after the Nur-Sultan meeting."

"We need specific agreements to consolidate them at the highest political level during the summit," Bogdanov specified, according to TASS.

The previous Astana talks have affirmed the need to preserve Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and to continue to fight against terrorist organization until defeating them entirely.

Basma Qaddour