6-part talks on Syria to be held on Saturday in Lausanne

The foreign ministers of Russia, the US, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iran will hold talks over Syria on Saturday in Lausanne, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. It said the foreign ministers had agreed to hold the meeting to consider what further steps could be taken to get a Syria settlement.

A senior State Department official confirmed that Kerry would attend the meeting.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to CNN on Wednesday that Russia wanted a meeting of the countries “who have direct influence of what is going on in the ground”. Sergei Lavrov attacked the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee as being “absolutely irresponsible” and said that they should not be the only group representing Syrian opposition.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Ruusian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint press conference in Geneva [10/9/2016]
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Ruusian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint press conference in Geneva [10/9/2016]

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