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United Nations envoy to convene next Geneva meeting on Syria in January

Astana October Participants of Astana talks during seventh round
Charlie Simmons | 23 December, 2017, 02:05

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, welcome UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, left, prior to their talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017.

Asked if some Kurdish delegations would be removed from the list due to objections from Turkey and Iran, Lavrentiev commented: "I think we will decide this matter among ourselves".

Turkish officials, who were in the Kazakh capital Astana for the latest round of Syria peace talks to discuss the Sochi meeting with their Russian and Iranian counterparts, reiterated Turkey's stance on the issue, according to diplomatic sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Delegates from the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition, the United Nations, and the observer states - the USA and Jordan will also take part in the upcoming meeting.

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He added that from Moscow he will fly to the Kazakh capital of Astana, where the 8th round of Russia-led global negotiations on Syrian settlement is underway.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said all participants in the Syria talks in Geneva would be invited to the Sochi gathering, scheduled to take place between January 29-30, 2018.

During the Friday meeting, Jaberi Ansari underlined the UN's decisive role in resolving regional crises. The U.N.'s own Geneva program has been supplemented by the "technical" talks in Astana brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey.

A year on from the devastating and strategically crucial regime victory in Aleppo, the Syrian regime has consolidated control over much of the country.

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