On May 3-4, Astana will host the fourth round of the high level International Meeting on Syria.
All participants of the Astana process have already confirmed their participation in the meeting.
The delegations of the guarantor states will be headed by the following representatives:
Russia – Alexander Lavrentiev, Special envoy of the President of Russia on the Syrian settlement;
Turkey – Sedat Onal, Deputy Undersecretary for the Middle East and Africa at the Foreign Ministry of Turkey;
Iran – Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran for Arab-African Affairs.
Bashar Ja’afari, the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, will head the delegation of the Syrian government.
Mohammed Alloush, the Head of the organization “Jaysh al-Islam”, will head the delegation of the Syrian armed opposition.
In addition, the meeting will be attended by:
- Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria;
- Nawaf Uasfi Tel, Advisor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan on Political Affairs.
Stuart Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs, will for the first time head the US delegation.
The delegations from Russia, Turkey, Iran, the Syrian government, the opposition and the UN have already arrived in Astana.
The heads of delegations of Russia, Turkey, the UN, Jordan and the US are expected to arrive in the capital of Kazakhstan later tonight.
On May 2, a meeting of military experts of guarantor states was held in Astana in a closed format, with the participation of the Director of the UN Mine Action Service, Agnès Marcaillou.
On May 3 and 4, bilateral negotiations will be held in a closed format between the participants of the meeting.
On May 4, in the afternoon, a plenary meeting and a final press conference will be held.
The Astana Process has played an important role in strengthening the ceasefire regime in Syria. The purpose of the upcoming meeting is to consolidate the progress achieved during the previous three rounds of talks.
The Astana Process provides an important platform to work towards finding a political solution as part of the Geneva Process. The significance of the Astana Process has increased substantially, given the growing tensions in Syria. The outcome of the meeting will directly affect the conduct of the Syrian negotiations in Geneva. Kazakhstan, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, will continue to provide the platform and create favorable conditions for the successful conduct of the negotiations on Syria within the Astana Process.