Lavrov and Cavusoglu discuss Astana talks on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a telephone conversation highlighted the importance of direct contacts between Damascus and the armed opposition in Syria to strengthen the truce and agreed to continue work with the participants of the Astana meeting to prepare for the upcoming talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The ministers discussed the course of the international meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana. Both sides stressed the importance of establishing direct contacts between the Syrian government and representatives of the armed opposition to strengthen the regime of cessation of hostilities, start intra-Syrian dialogue as the only way to achieve peace in the Syrian Arab Republic," Sputnik cited the ministry's statement as saying.
Lavrov and Cavusoglu also agreed to continue work with the participants of the Syria talks in Astana on resuming negotiations in Geneva