On August 22, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov stated, that according to the preliminary information, the international meeting on Syria in Astana can take place in the middle of September.
The guarantor states (Iran, Russia and Turkey) informed the Kazakh part that trey would hold a technical meeting on expert level until the end of August to determine the agenda and exact dates of the upcoming meeting.
It should be mentioned, that the previous meeting on Syria in Astana was held on July 4-5. The Syrian government delegation, armed oppositions, guarantor states, the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and independent observers from the United States and Jordan took part in the talks.
In the joint statement the guarantor sates officially established the creation of a joint working group on de-escalation zones in Syria in accordance with the previously adopted memorandum.