MOSCOW WANTS IRAN, IRAQ, EGYPT TO JOIN SYRIA TALKS

Deputy Russian foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, said that his country supports the participation of Iran, Iraq and Egypt in Lausanne talks on Syria scheduled to be held Saturday.

Bogdanov said in a statement that Russia supports the presence of Iran, Iraq, and Egypt in these talks and his country discussed this issue with the Americans, adding that his country believes that the settlement process must be launched by a small number of countries that have direct influence on Syrian sides.

He added that the Lausanne talks will discuss re-launching a new cease-fire in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the UN secretary general’s special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, as well as representatives of Saudi Arabia and possibly Qatar will participate in the meeting, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

Earlier this week, Lavrov said Russia is not going to put forward any new initiatives at the meeting, stressing that the terms of a truce to settle the Syrian conflict have already been forged in the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions, and it must be implemented.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.