Sochi to host Astana meeting on Syria for the first time since start of pandemic

Sochi to host Astana meeting on Syria for the first time since start of pandemic
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The international meeting on Syria in the Astana format (Russia, Turkey, Iran) will kick off in Sochi on Tuesday.

The discussion is expected to focus on the work of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, which is aimed at drawing up the Arab Republic’s key law, APA reports citing TASS.

The previous round of the Astana talks was held in Nur-Sultan in December 2019. The next meeting was scheduled to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital in March 2020, but was delayed on numerous occasions due to the epidemiological situation.

However, despite the remaining restrictions over COVID-19, Sochi will host all participants of the Astana format: the delegations of Damascus, the Syrian opposition, the guarantor-states (Russia, Iran and Turkey), observer states (Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and the United Nations), as well as the Astana platform’s host Kazakhstan.

 
 

The talks will be held for two days. On February 16, bilateral and trilateral consultations will take place and a plenary session is due on February 17.

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