International Syria Contact Group Meet in New York

تم نشره في Thu 22 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
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NEW YORK — The 23-nation International Syria Support Group (ISSG) is scheduled to meet Thursday in New York to reach a ceasefire and an eventual political resolution to the bloody five-year-old conflict, a US official confirmed.

The United States and Russia are to chair the meeting in order to bring together world powers with a stake in Syria’s civil war.

Foreign ministers, already gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly, held an emergency meeting of the ISSG on Tuesday after a week-old truce broke down.

But they made little progress amid bitter recriminations between the ISSG co-chairs, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The ISSG is an international group that was formed in 2015 with the aim to accelerate an end to the Syrian conflict. The group includes 20 world powers and international organizations: China, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Arab League, the European Union, and the United Nations.

The ISSG has put a diplomatic road map to find a solution to the Syrian conflict based on reaching a ceasefire to provide humanitarian assistance to the needy people as well as push forward political process in the country.