Moscow, Ankara – Russia said a ministerial meeting will be held in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss the Syrian crisis, while the United States State Department said a second international meeting will take place in London on Sunday to look into the means to stop the bloodshed in the war-torn country.
The Lausanne meeting, which will be held on Oct. 15, will be attended by Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and ministers from countries playing a key role in the region. The meeting will aim at finding the appropriate means to settle the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Kerry will attend both meetings to discuss “a multilateral approach to resolving the crisis in Syria, including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries,” his spokesman, John Kirby, was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Russian foreign affairs ministry said: “As earlier agreed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on October 15 Lausanne will host a meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and key Middle Eastern states to consider possible further steps to create conditions for the settlement of the Syrian crisis.”
For his part, the Russian foreign affairs minister said he hoped that the talks in Switzerland could help “launch a serious dialogue” based on a failed ceasefire in the Arab country.
“We would like to have a meeting in this narrow format, to have a businesslike discussion, not another [U.N.] General Assembly-like debate,” Lavrov told CNN in an interview on Wednesday.
According to the Russian ministry, foreign ministers from Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will also attend the talks.