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KAZAKHSTAN READY TO HOST SYRIA PEACE TALKS – FOREIGN MINISTER

ASTANA, Kazakhstan confirms its readiness to host talks on the Syrian peace settlement here, its Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said during an open debate in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

"Once again the Kazakh leadership's readiness was confirmed to provide a venue for talks in Astana on establishing peace in Syria," the country's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

During the debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace, the Kazakh side drew the attention of participants to "the importance of joint efforts of preventive diplomacy, promoting and enhancing measures of trust, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, resolving conflicts and countering international terrorism," the ministry said.

The talks on Syria in Astana are scheduled to be held on Jan 23.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK