Lavrov: Astana talks an important contribution to Geneva next February

Moscow, SANA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s view that intra-Syrian talks in Astana, scheduled for January 23th, are an important contribution towards reaching wider activities in Geneva.

Talks in Astana are “an important contribution to formulate parameters for a comprehensive political settlement in Syria which will continue in wider activities in Geneva in early February,” said Lavrov addressing an opening session with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ministers.

“It is encouraging that there have been positive developments in the Syrian crisis,” added Lavrov, noting that “at least we all now agree that politico-diplomatic settlement through common national dialogue on the basis of the UN Security Council resolution has no alternative.”

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