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France will cooperate with Russia for preparing Syrian peace talks in Geneva

Russian and French Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Jean-Marc Ayrault have agreed to cooperate in preparing the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday according to TASS.

"The ministers have agreed that Russian and French representatives will be cooperating to prepare and hold a next round of intra-Syrian talks, due to begin in Geneva on March 23, 2017," the ministry said in a statement.

Although Lavrov expressed his satisfaction with negotiations in Astana, he did highlight that some militant groups refusing to negotiator only hampered a peaceful solution.

The armed Syrian opposition had refused to attend the talks, "preferring to make speculations about its participation in this event," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

[Source: By Paul Antonopoulos, Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi, Lebanon, 19Mar17]

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