Mikdad: We hope Astana talks lead to ending terrorism in Syria

Damascus, SANA – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad met on Thursday the visiting Kazakhastan delegation that included Ambassador Azmat Berdibay and Kazakhstan’s Consul in Syria.

Discussions during the meeting focused on the standing bilateral relations between both countries and means to enhance them and boost cooperation and coordination at the international level, especially that Kazakhstan has now become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council for the next two years.

Mikdad used the opportunity of the meeting to express thanks to Kazakhstan for the humanitarian aid it has provided, which is scheduled to arrive at Tartous Port today.

He also expressed thanks for the positive stance of the Kazakhstani leadership and its support for the efforts seeking a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Mikdad hoped that the upcoming meetings due to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana among the Syrians, and without foreign interference, would come out with results that lead to eliminating terrorism and holding its supporters to account.

The Kazakhstani diplomats, for their part, stressed that their country stand by the Syrian people for restoring security and stability to their country.

Ambassador Berdibay noted that the forthcoming meetings aim at providing the suitable opportunity for the participants in the talks to reach agreements that would help the Syrians in stopping bloodshed and solving the crisis through peaceful means.

In statements to the reporters following the meeting, Mikdad said the aim of the Kazakhstani delegation’s visit is to deliver humanitarian aid to the Syrian government, expressing deep appreciation of this step.

In his comments on the upcoming Syrian talks in Astana, Mikdad said Syria agreed to attend the talks which, he said, should take place without foreign interference, adding that Syria is serious about leading the talks to the hoped-for result of ending terrorism.

“We are interested in making these talks a success, and we hope to reach the expected results,” he said, noting that the Syrian delegation to participate in the talks will be prepared.

He expressed hope that the Turkish regime will meet its commitments regarding the armed organizations that will participate in the talks and keep good intentions so as to finally come to ending terrorism and stopping western intervention in the Syrian internal affairs.

H. Said

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