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Under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, preparations for the next 13th round of the International High Level Meeting on Syria scheduled for August 1-2 in Nur-Sultan are well underway.
All the invited parties have confirmed their participation at present. Specifically, the delegation of Russia will be headed by the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev. Turkey will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Sedat Önal. Ali Asghar Haji, Senior Advisor to the Iran’s Foreign Ministry will lead the Iranian delegation in Nur-Sultan.
Both sides to the conflict in Syria – the government delegation headed by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, and the armed opposition led by Ahmad al-Touma will be attending the meeting.
The participation of the delegations of Iraq and Lebanon in the capacity of observers is a new development of the upcoming meeting. The decision for them to join the negotiation process was one of the results of the previous meeting in the Astana format.
We announce with regret that the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Geir Pedersen will have to miss the talks due to his health condition. Special Envoy’s Deputy will lead the delegation of the United Nations.
Meantime, the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will arrive in Nur-Sultan to participate in the next meeting of the Astana Working Group on Detentions and Abductions in the Syrian Conflict that is planned on the sidelines of the talks.
Similar to previous rounds, the first day of the meeting is dedicated to bilateral and multilateral technical consultations behind closed doors, and the second day to a plenary session. The main results of the two-day talks will be set forth in a joint statement of the guarantor states of the Astana process.