Lavrov, Kerry Urge Prompt Start to Syria Talks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a prompt start to the next round of Syria peace talks, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov, Kerry Urge Prompt Start to Syria Talks

"The two sides (in a late phone conversation on Friday) called to start the negotiations as soon as possible ... between the Syrian government and the whole spectrum of the opposition, during which the Syrians themselves should determine the future of their country," the ministry said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Kerry and Lavrov also reaffirmed the need for mutual cooperation to ensure the end of hostilities in Syria, the ministry said.

The talks, under the aegis of the United Nations were originally due to begin on March 7 in Geneva, but have been postponed until March 9, due to " logistical and technical reasons and also for the ceasefire to better settle down," the UN said.

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