Qatar supports Astana talks on Syrian settlement

Qatar is supporting Astana format of negotiations on Syrian settlement, the country’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, said on Saturday after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

He said that the parties discussed the Astana talks during the meeting.

“We expressed support for the talks because we consider them as an important support for Geneva political process,” Al-Thani said.

In the meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia and Qatar agree that it is necessary to reach political settlement as well as full ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible.

“Our common position implies the need to ensure a full comprehensive ceasefire between the government and armed opposition, continuation of anti-terror fight against the Islamic State and the Nusra Front as well as acceleration of the search for a political settlement of this crisis,” Lavrov said.

The next round of Astana talks between Syria’s government and armed opposition delegations is scheduled for early May.