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Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev says ready to host Syria peace talks in Astana
December 26, 2016 / 11:28 AM / 8 months ago

Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev says ready to host Syria peace talks in Astana

President of the Republic of the Kazakhstan Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not seen) attend a joint news conference at Prime Minister Office in Tokyo, Japan, on November 7, 2016.David Mareuil/Pool

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Monday he was ready to host multilateral talks on the conflict in Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

"Kazakhstan is ready to host all sides for talks in Astana," Nazarbayev said during a visit to St. Petersburg where he has been meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin said on Friday that Russia, Iran, Turkey and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had all agreed the Kazakh capital should be the venue for new Syrian peace negotiations.

Putin also said last week the next step for Syria would be a nationwide ceasefire.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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