High-level experts from Russia, Turkey and Iran held the first meeting of a joint technical group as part of the Astana process of talks between the Syrian government and armed opposition groups in Astana on February 6, 2017. Delegations from the United Nations and Jordan also took part in it.
This meeting, which took place in a business-like and constructive atmosphere, has shown the relevance of the Astana platform created, thanks to the support and authority of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to discuss issues of strengthening the cease-fire regime in Syria. The Kazakh head of state is known internationally for his peacemaking initiatives and concrete contribution to the resolution of conflict situations and reduction of tensions among the states of the world.
We at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan proceed from the position that the meetings in Astana on the resolution in Syria, organized with the assistance and active participation of UN Secretary General's Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, are aimed at supporting the Geneva process. In this connection, we are convinced that the next meeting of the technical group, tentatively scheduled for February 15-16 in the Kazakh capital, will allow creating the necessary conditions for the launch of the next round of Geneva peace talks under the UN auspices.
Kazakhstan's offering a platform for meetings of interested parties and the strengthening of Astana as a peacemaking capital are among our country's real contributions to the process of resolving the Syrian crisis as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018. Kazakhstan will continue sparing no effort and taking consistent steps to help find the solutions to issues of regional and global security.
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