Germany eyes closer cooperation with Astana format
FM Maas says Germany seeking closer cooperation between Astana, Small Group on Syria
By Ayhan Simsek
Germany is looking for closer cooperation between the Astana process and the Small Group on Syria, Berlin’s top diplomatic Heiko Maas said Friday.
Mass spoke at the Munich Security Conference where he underlined the importance of multilateral diplomacy in addressing today’s challenges and conflicts, including the civil war in Syria.
“I spoke this week with the new UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen, and discussed how we can bring different strands of the Astana process and the Small Group closer together,” he said.
The Small Group on Syria
Mass said efforts of all these actors were focused on convening the constitutional committee and the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254.
The Astana process, spearheaded by Turkey, Russia
The guarantors of the Astana have repeatedly stressed the process was not an alternative to UN-led peace talks in Geneva for a political solution in Syria.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.