19 Nov 2018 10:32

Idlib situation, refugee problem to be discussed at meeting in Astana - Kazakh FM

ASTANA. Nov 19 (Interfax) - The next meeting on the Syria settlement process, which is due to take place in Astana in late November, will address the situation in the Idlib province, the creation of conditions for the return of refugees, and the restoration of peaceful life in Syria, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told the press in Astana on Monday.

"The participants are planning to discuss the current situation in Syria, including Idlib, the creation of conditions for the return of refugees and displaced persons, and the post-conflict restoration of the country," Abdrakhmanov said.

"First of all, this is about the socioeconomic development of the country and measures, which must be taken in the humanitarian field," he said.

Confidence building measures will also be discussed by the delegations, Abdrakhmanov said.

"This is a big problem, which must be solved, especially in the context of relations between the Syrian official government and the armed opposition," he said.

A working group for the release of hostages and the transfer of bodies will meet in Astana on the talks' sidelines, he said.

"The sixth meeting of the working group, which deals with the release of hostages, the transfer of bodies, and missing people, will be held within the framework of the Astana process," Abdrakhmanov said.

He said earlier on Monday that the 11th round of the Syria settlement talks in the Kazakh capital would be held on November 28-29.