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Russia invites officials from incoming Trump administration to Syria talks

 

Syria talks are set to kickoff next week, and Russia wants the officials of the incoming Trump government at the meeting in Kazakhstan.

Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday during a press conference that Moscow was encouraged by the President of Donald Trump’s focus on the fight against terrorism.

He expressed the hope that Russian and US experts could be talks on the fight against terrorism in Syria, in Kazakhstan’s capital, when the Syrian government and opposition representatives to talks.

“We hope that the new administration will accept to be able to that the proposal,” adding that the talks in Astana will provide “the first opportunity for a more efficient fight against terrorism in Syria,” Lavrov added.

Lavrov said that Russia expects that the cooperation in the resolution of disputes be-settlement of the Syrian crisis more productive than it was with the Obama administration.

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Representatives of some Syrian rebel groups, said on Monday it would participate in talks sponsored by Russia and Turkey, in spite of the mounting violations of a fragile ceasefire, the war-torn country.

Opposition activists have reported widespread violence in and around Syria. Although the extent of the violence is not comparable to the government-led, Russian-backed offensive against Aleppo ahead of the ceasefire, reported air raids and shelling in at least eight out of Syria’s 14 provinces on Monday.

The ceasefire includes areas in which the Islamic state operates. There are also battles raged, militants, the military base closed on a government, while Turkey supports, and the Kurdish-backed fighters in battles with the extremist group in three provinces.

The talks are considered as a diplomatic masterstroke to Moscow. Against a paralyzing, months-long siege and punishment of the bombing campaign, the opposition in most urban centres of Aleppo to pass one of its value. The rebels had control over almost half of the city, once Syria’s commercial center, since 2012.

The United States was in the ceasefire agreement, which was completed in Dec. 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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