Another round of negotiations on the Syrian settlement was held in Astana. The parties agreed to create a tripartite operational group between Turkey, Russia and Iran to monitor the ceasefire in the Arabic country. It will operate on a permanent basis and will be aimed at the cessation of hostilities between the parties to the conflict, and confidence building, Russian delegation says. Kazakh deputy minister of foreign affairs Akylbek Kamaldinov emphasized that the meeting was constructive. He also noted that the Astana Process was supported by Kazakhstan’s President.

AKYLBEK KAMALDINOV, KAZAKH DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER:

Kazahstan expresses its sincere hope that today’s meeting will be productive. We hope to make progress around implementing ceasefire.

BASHAR AL-JAAFARI, HEAD OF SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC DELEGATION:

We want to express gratitude to the host side - to Kazakhstan for the provision of a negotiations platform as well as the two fraternal countries Russia and Iran that have successfully patronized the Astana meeting.

ALEXANDER LAVRENTIEV, RUSSIA'S SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY ON SYRIA SETTLEMENT:

It is a close, solid work with the Syrian opposition groups and the government delegation here in Astana.  I think it is our tripartite consultations - Russia, Turkey, and Iran – that allowed achieving at least the small result at this stage. It is the creation of the joint group that will focus on the cease of hostilities in all aspects.

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