Al-Ja’afari: It’s too early to talk about optimism or pessimism with regard to Astana meeting

Astana, SANA- Head of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation to Astana meeting, Bashar al-Jaafari said on Wednesday that the delegation held bilateral meetings with the Russian and Iranian friendly delegations, during which “We jointly evaluated the course of preparations for the meeting of Astana.”

Speaking to reporters that accompany the Syrian Arab Republic delegation to Astana, al-Jaafari added that “during the meetings, we compared what we have of information and facts with those of the Russian and Iranian delegations in order to jointly prepare well to the meetings of tomorrow.”

“It’s too early to talk about optimism or pessimism with regard to the outcomes of this meeting, but what attracts attention is that the Turkish delegation and the armed groups delegation have not arrived yet,” Al-Jaafari added.

He went on to say “During the bilateral meetings, We affirmed the Syrian Arab Republic delegation’s keenness to have Astana meeting succeed in a way that helps prevent the Syrian bloodshed and restore security and stability to the territories of the homeland.”

Lavrentiev: the delegations show constructive stances

Meanwhile, Head of the Russian delegation to Astana meeting affirmed that all sides and delegations show constructive stances, adding “We hope tomorrow to present our work that we carry out, not only in Astana, but also in the framework of the work groups and during the daily consultations among ministers.”

Alexander Lavrentiev added in a press statement that there still part of the issues that need agreement in order to take balanced decisions, saying “we depend on the fact that these decisions will contribute to boosting the cessation of hostilities in Syria, a thing which is very important to go ahead in settling the crisis in the country.”


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