The first working day of international negotiations on Syria in Astana started with consultations between the Russian delegation and the Syrian government’s delegation, TASS reported from the venue.
The Russian delegation is led by Special Presidential Representative for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev, and the Damascus delegation is led by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar Jaafari. The meeting is expected to focus on the creation of a demilitarized zone in the Idlib area and the establishment of Syria’s constitutional committee.
The consultations are being held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Astana. They will continue throughout the first day of the meeting. Russia’s representatives are expected to discuss the specified issues with representatives for Turkey and the Syrian opposition and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
A trilateral meeting of the guarantor states to the Astana process – Russia, Iran and Turkey – is planned for the evening.
A plenary session will be held on the second day of the negotiations, November 29. The Russian delegation already held a meeting with Iran’s representatives on Tuesday evening.