Kazakhstan’s foreign Ministry announced the postponement of the start date of talks on Syria in Astana

Negotiations on de-escalation of the conflict in Syria will begin in Astana on February 16. The message on Wednesday, February 15, posted on the Agency’s website.

“The beginning of the next high-level meeting in the framework of the Astana process to resolve the situation in Syria is postponed to 12:00 hours February 16, 2017,” — says the publication.

However, the head of the press service of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Anuar of Jainakov told RIA Novosti on is scheduled for February 15, the working meetings between the participants of the talks on Syria. “The bilateral meetings scheduled for today,” he explained, without specifying what the meeting is about.

The next meeting in the framework of the Astana process on the situation in the Arab Republic planned to hold in the capital of Kazakhstan on 15-16 February. On the evening of 13 February, Syrian state television has informed that the start of negotiations is postponed because it is not arrived the delegation of the Syrian armed opposition and the representatives of Turkey.

The United States at the meeting will represent the U.S. Embassy in Astana, reported this news Agency reported with reference to the press-attache of the guardian of Rena Alha. “The state Department has received the invitation of the government of Kazakhstan to take part as an observer at the talks on Syria, which will be held this week. The U.S. Embassy in Astana will represent US in the negotiations”, — explained the diplomat, stressing that Washington remains committed to the political resolution of the Syrian crisis.

The first talks between the delegations of the armed opposition and the Syrian government under the mediation of Russia and Turkey were held in Astana on 23-24 January. During which the Russian delegation handed over to representatives of the armed Syrian opposition proposals for amendments to the Constitution of the SAR. Moscow, Tehran and Ankara agreed to establish a tripartite mechanism for monitoring observance of the truce in Syria.