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Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 16:59

Russia FM: Kremlin invites Trump officials to Syria talks

By Associated Press
Russia FM: Kremlin invites Trump officials to Syria talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives his annual press conference in Moscow on Jan 17, 2017. Sergei Lavrov said on Jan 17 that one of the goals of upcoming Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital was to consolidate the frail truce in the war-torn country. ( Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

MOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow is inviting representatives of the incoming US administration to attend upcoming Syria talks in Kazakhstan.

Russian and US experts are hoped to start discussions on fighting terrorism in Syria, Russia's foreign minister said

Sergey Lavrov said at a news conference Tuesday that Russia is encouraged by President-elect Donald Trump's focus on combating terrorism.

He voiced hope that Russian and US experts could start discussions on fighting terrorism in Syria, in Kazakhstan's capital when Syrian government and opposition representatives meet for talks on Monday.

He said "we hope that the new administration will be able to accept that proposal," adding that the talks in Astana will offer "the first opportunity to discuss a more efficient fight against terrorism in Syria."

Lavrov said that Russia expects that cooperation on settling the Syrian crisis will be more productive than it was with the Obama administration.

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