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Second part of Syrian armed opposition delegation arrives in Astana

February 16, 7:52 UTC+3 ASTANA

The rest of the Turkish delegation has arrived as well, a spokesman for Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry noted

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ASTANA, February 16. /TASS/. The second part of the Syrian armed opposition delegation has arrived in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana to take part in the international meeting on the settlement in Syria, Anuar Zhainakov, a spokesman for Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry, informed TASS on Thursday.

"I can confirm that representatives of the Syrian armed opposition who said they would take part in the meeting have arrived in Astana," he said over the phone.

He added that the rest of the Turkish delegation has arrived as well. "All who were supposed to come today have arrived," he said. According to Zhainakov, bilateral talks between the participants in the meeting will continue on Thursday, and a plenary session is expected.

On February 15, the participants in the international meeting on Syria held preparatory consultations in the run-up to the meeting that is beginning on February 16. They focused on efforts to monitor the ceasefire and the prospects for the intra-Syrian consultations in Geneva due to be held at the end of this month. Representatives of the ceasefire guarantor states, Russia, Iran and Turkey, along with representatives of Jordan, the United States and the United Nations, the delegations of the official Damascus and the armed opposition are working in Kazakhstan’s capital.

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