New Astana talks on Syria to follow same format: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday a new round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana would be held in the same format as last month.

In comments reported by Russia’s official TASS news agency, Lavrov said the Astana meeting would be used to promote a cease-fire and advance political process in Syria.

Astana will host the new meeting on Wednesday and Thursday with representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran who agreed last month to create a cease-fire monitoring group.

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