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Astana to Determine Future of Syria Peace Talks: Erdogan

According to Daily Sabah, resident Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that preliminary work for the upcoming Astana meeting which is scheduled for September 14, has been finished and added that the steps taken toward establishing peace in Syria will hopefully be finalized in Astana.
Speaking at a news conference with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana, Erdogan said that the outcome of Astana will determine the success of Geneva process.
He also noted that Turkey and Kazakhstan should work together to boost bilateral trade ties between the two countries.
“Our goal is to boost the trade volume to $5 billion [from $2 billion] as soon as possible, as we previously said” Erdogan said, adding that both countries have the potential to achieve this goal.
Meanwhile, the Kazakh president said that Turkey and Kazakhstan collaborate on a number of issues, including regional problems and other projects.
Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Presidential aide İbrahim Kalın and Turkey’s Ambassador to Astana Nevzat Uyanık also attended the meeting between the two leaders.

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