OPPOSITION DELEGATION CONFIRMS PARTICIPATION IN ASTANA TALKS

The leaders of the Syrian opposition have confirmed their participation in the 13th round which will kick off on Aug. 1, 2019.

The upcoming meeting will be attended by the Syrian government’s delegation led by Syria’s UN Envoy Bashar Jaafari and the armed opposition headed by Ahmad Tu’mah, according to Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry.

All the invited parties have confirmed their participation. Russia will be represented by Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev. The Turkish and Iranian delegations will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and Foreign Minister’s Senior Aide for political affairs Ali Asghar Khaji, respectively.

The 13th international high-level meeting on Syria within the framework of the Astana process will be held in Nur-Sultan on August 1-2. The delegations of the guarantor nations – Iran, Russia and Turkey – as well as the Syrian government and the Syrian armed opposition, are expected to take part in it. High-level representatives from the United Nations and Jordan, as well as Lebanon and Iraq have been invited to be observers at the talks. The delegations of Iraq and Lebanon will take part in the Astana negotiating process for the first time.

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