January 23, 2017 / 5:09 AM / a year ago

Direct Syrian talks yet to be agreed in Astana

ASTANA (Reuters) - Parties to the Syrian peace talks in Astana have yet to agree on face-to-face meetings between the delegations of the Damascus government and rebel groups, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko said on Monday.

A child walks through rubble of damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Speaking just hours ahead of the negotiations, Vassilenko said the matter of direct meetings was still being discussed.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Kim Coghill

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