January 13, 2017 / 7:13 PM / 7 months ago

U.S. says it has not received formal invitation to Syria talks in Astana

A man sells cigarettes near rubble of damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria January 13, 2017.Khalil Ashawi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has not received a formal invitation to Syria peace talks being organised by Russia and Turkey to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Jan. 23, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

"To my knowledge we have not received ... a formal invitation to the talks," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said at a daily briefing.

Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Richard Chang

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