Syrian opposition in Turkey to prepare for Geneva talks

Orient Net - AA 2017-02-03 09:43:00

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Representatives of the Syrian opposition arrived Friday in Turkish capital Ankara to discuss the upcoming negotiation talks in Geneva, a Turkish diplomatic source told Anadola Agency (AA).

The representatives of both the armed and the political opposition will attend a meeting at the Turkish Foreign Ministry later on Friday, the source told said on condition of anonymity.

They are also expected to discuss the outcome of last month’s Astana talks, which focused on extending the ceasefire that came into effect in Syria on Dec. 30.

The ceasefire was brokered by Turkey, which backs the opposition, and Russia and Iran, who support Assad regime.

The General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee Riad Hijab, Syrian National Coalition President Anas al-Abdah, representatives of armed opposition groups who attended the Astana talks last month, representatives of the Kurdish National Council in Syria as well as the Ankara-based Council of Syrian Turkmen will be the participants of the meeting.

On Feb. 6, a "technical meeting" about Syria will be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana with the attendance of representatives of Turkey, Russia, Iran and UN.

The next round of negotiations will be held between the Assad regime and opposition in Geneva on Feb. 20.