All negotiating parties for the Astana-format Syrian peace talks have confirmed their participation in the event, which is scheduled to be held in the Kazakh capital on June 15-16, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov told reporters on Tuesday.

Iran PressAsia: The 18th Astana talks in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan this week will discuss the return of Syrian refugees, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

"All parties to the Astana process on Syria have confirmed their participation in the talks to be held in the capital of Kazakhstan on June 15-16. Delegations from the guarantor countries: Russia, Turkiye, and Iran, as well as the Syrian government and the Syrian armed opposition will take part," TASS cites Smadiyarov.

According to him, the Russian delegation will be headed by Russia's Special Presidential Envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, and Turkey will be represented by Selcuk Unal, Foreign Ministry's Director General of Multilateral Relations. The Iranian delegation will also take part; it will be headed by Ali Asghar Khaji, the country's foreign minister's senior advisor for political affairs.

The Foreign Ministry Spokesman explained: "A UN delegation led by Robert Dunn, Principal Political Affairs Officer of the UN Office, Special Envoy for Syria, a Jordanian delegation, representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross will participate in the meeting as observers."

The day before the event, representatives of the guarantor countries intend to hold bilateral and trilateral consultations at the expert level.


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