Nazarbayev orders foreign ministry to prepare for Syria talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev shake hands prior a Session of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) meeting on Dec. 26, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered the Central Asian nation’s foreign ministry to prepare for hosting the talks on Syria in Astana in the near future, his office said in a statement on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced a nationwide ceasefire in Syria on Thursday, has said the warring sides were also prepared to start peace talks intended to take place in the capital of Kazakhstan.

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Meanwhile, there have been reports that Russian fighter jets have hit three ISIS targets around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab over the past 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Friday, in what appeared to be the first Russian support for Turkish army operations in the area.

The strikes came as a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey which back opposing sides in the conflict, got off to a shaky start at midnight. The ceasefire does not include ISIS.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53