State Department: US not invited to the Syrian talks in Astana

Mark Toner



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The U.S. state Department report that they had not received an official invitation to participate in the meeting in Astana.

Official Washington had not received a formal invitation to participate in the negotiations in Astana on the Syrian settlement, scheduled for January 23. This was stated on Friday during the daily press briefing, Deputy press Secretary of U.S. State Department mark Toner.

“As far as I know, we haven’t received an official invitation to participate in the meeting in Astana”, – stated the representative of the foreign Department of the USA.

At the same time, he stressed that the us “continues to support all efforts aimed at further promotion of negotiations on the settlement (of the conflict in Syria – ed.) on the negotiations in Geneva.”

Toner also confirmed that Washington is in contact on this issue with Moscow and Astana .

As reported, earlier on Friday the head of Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said that “the United States must be invited” on the format of the talks on the Syrian settlement in the capital of Kazakhstan. He also stressed that this initiative has been agreed with the Russian side.

Last month, Moscow and Ankara were the guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria entered 30 Dec. The silence regime has repeatedly violated the Syrian government forces, causing part of the rebels announced the suspension of preparations for the peace talks.

Moscow together with Tehran is a close ally of Bashar al-Assad and strongly contributes to the preservation of his regime by military means. Ankara is assisting the opposition forces in the fight against the jihadists, while simultaneously counteracting the Kurdish rebels.

U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in early January expressed doubts about the “important breakthrough” during the meeting in Astana and the possibility of its implementation. At the same time, he noted that it could be “a step forward” if still held.

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