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Syrian National Security Bureau Chief May Take Part in Astana Talks – Source

© Sputnik / Mikhail Alayeddin / Go to the mediabankSyrian army troops move through the town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus.
Syrian army troops move through the town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus. - Sputnik International
Chief of the Syria’s National Security Bureau Ali Mamlouk or one of the deputy chiefs will participate in the intra-Syrian talks in Astana as a member of the government's delegation, a source told Sputnik on Wednesday.

BEIRUT (Sputnik) – The source added that the government’s delegation would also include two officers of the Syrian army.

Syrian government's head of delegation Bashar al-Jaafari attends a news conference after a meeting on Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 18, 2016. - Sputnik International
Syrian Envoy to UN Confirms Leading Govt. Delegation at Astana Peace Talks
On Tuesday, Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari confirmed in an interview with Sputnik that he would lead the Syrian government’s delegation at the coming talks.

Syrian government officials and representatives of various opposition groups are expected to meet in Astana on January 23 for reconciliation talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran. The Astana consultations will be followed by a UN-mediated meeting in Geneva on February 8.

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