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Syria talks set to end with "agreed agenda" - diplomats
March 3, 2017 / 11:16 AM / 9 months ago

Syria talks set to end with "agreed agenda" - diplomats

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian peace talks are expected to conclude later on Friday with an “agreed agenda” and a plan to resume negotiations later this month in Geneva, Western diplomats said.

UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C), arrives with Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) leader Nasr al-Hariri (2ndR) and delegates to take part in Syria peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Desmazes

It was not immediately clear whether the issue of fighting terrorism would be part of the terms, as sought by the Damascus delegation led by Syrian Ambassador Bashar al-Ja‘afari.

A third Western diplomat said there had been movement from both sides on the agenda, but that the opposition was still looking for reassurances that the government would not use terrorism as a pretext to derail the talks.

Reporting by John Irish and Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Tom Miles

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